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More than 100 employees were fired from a nonprofit health care system based in Colorado after refusing to get vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Per the UCHealth vaccination mandate, employees across the state were required to get inoculated by Oct. 1, unless they were given a religious or medical exemption. The health care system is comprised of 12 hospitals and hundreds of medical clinics in the Rocky Mountain region.
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Overall, about 119 employees, or less than 0.5% of UCHealth's 26,500 staff members statewide, did not receive one of the three available vaccines, UCHealth spokesperson Dan Weaver told FOX Business.
"No hospital wants to lose valued employees, but we know vaccines save lives and increase safety for everyone," Weaver said.
He noted that the vaccination requirement has already helped improve staffing despite losing dozens of employees.