RWJ Barnabas Health, one of the largest healthcare providers in New Jersey, has dismissed 118 employees for refusing to be administered a Covid-19 vaccine. RWJ Barnabas says 99.7% of its more than 35,000 employees across dozens of facilities received the vaccine by the October 15th deadline set by Governor Murphy.
“Regrettably, and despite all best efforts, 118 staff members have not complied with the mandate and are no longer employees of RWJBarnabas Health, per our vaccine mandate,” a spokeswoman said in a statement. 62% of those staff members were per-diem employees who worked occasional shifts across our organization.”
According to the hospital, its operations will not be affected by the firings.
The latest firings come several months after the healthcare system fired six supervisor-level employees in July who declined the vaccine by the June 30th deadline set at the time by the company.
RWJBarnabas did not respond to requests for information whether any of the fired employees worked at Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus in Lakewood.