• Matt Esnayra

Long Beach's St. Mary's Hospital suspends 78 workers for not obeying the COVID vaccine mandate

Updated: Oct 21, 2021

The Long Beach-based hospital St. Mary's Medical Center placed 78 employees on unpaid leave for the next 90 days. The unpaid leave is for failing to comply with vaccination requirements, per the Post.

Why it matters: St. Mary's has the lowest percentage of vaccinated workers compared to other Long Beach area hospitals. "At Dignity Health St. Mary Medical Center, 91% of the 1,493 employees are now vaccinated or have

received an approved medical or religious exemption," a hospital spokesperson told the Modern Times.

  • Forty-one employees received a religious exemption.

  • Employees with a denied exemption request will start a three-month administrative leave this week.

  • If the 78 employees do not get vaccinated within the next 90 days, they could be fired.

How it happened:

In July, the Long Beach Health Department announced that all healthcare workers must show proof of vaccination by August 9th. Those who do not must be tested for COVID-19 twice a week.

What they're saying:

A hospital spokesperson told the Modern Times, "Dignity Health is committed to maintaining the safest possible care environment for our patients and employees, and ensuring we are appropriately staffed to continue providing essential health care services for our communities."

This story has been updated to include a statement from a Dignity Health St. Mary's Medical Center spokesperson.

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