N.J. health care system mandates COVID-19 vaccine for all staff

Registered Nurse Shyun Lin, left, gives Alda Maxis, 70, the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at a pop-up vaccination site

Registered Nurse Shyun Lin, left, gives Alda Maxis, 70, the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at a pop-up vaccination site in the William Reid Apartments Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, Pool)

One of New Jersey’s largest health care systems that recently fired six supervisory-level employees who refused COVID-19 vaccinations says it will now require vaccinations for all staff members by early fall.

RWJBarnabas Health said Monday that it is extending its COVID-19 vaccine mandate to all staff including all employees, new employees and medical staff. The deadline for full vaccination and completion of the second dose is Oct. 15.

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The company had mandated in May that its supervisory workers get vaccinated by June 30. The company said 2,979 staff members, or 99.7%, at the supervisor level and above had been fully vaccinated by July 14 or received medical and religious exemptions or a deferral.

RWJBarnabas Health employs more than 35,000 people, with 9,000 affiliated doctors. It was the first health system in New Jersey to require vaccinations as a condition of employment for some, and other firms have since followed.

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