Nearly 130 health workers resigned from Indiana’s largest hospital system instead of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine on Sept. 14.
The departed are among more than 300 employees who Indiana University Health temporarily suspended without pay.
They were forced to either receive the jab or face termination within two weeks as part of an organisation-wide vaccine mandate that took effect at the beginning of the month. When the time was up 125 of them had already stepped down.
“After a two-week unpaid suspension period ending September 14, a total of 125 employees–the equivalent of 61 full time employees–chose not to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and have left the organization,” Indiana University Health spokeswoman Berkley Rios said according to CNN.
The spokeswoman expects the vacancies to have a minimal effect on staffing.
The Indiana Hospital Association revealed health systems across the Hoosier State could impose vaccine mandates, following President Joe Biden’s latest requirement for private companies with more than 100 employees to immunize their workforce.
Indiana University Health announced its vaccine mandate for all doctors, nurses and other employees back in June. The system now has about 36,000 employees, working across a network of 15 hospitals and dozens of outpatient clinics.