Rochester Regional Health says it lost 350 workers due to COVID-19 vaccine mandate

Officials at Rochester Regional Health provided an update on the situation involving vaccine mandates and its workforce.

According to the health system, they lost approximately 200 full-time equivalents when the vaccine mandate for healthcare workers went into effect on Monday.

While the order from state officials began in September, the religious exemption that had been an option for many expired after a court defeat earlier this month.




The total number of employees that vacated positions in the Rochester and St. Lawrence regions was 350.

“As an integrated health care delivery system, we are able to coordinate and deploy resources to areas of need. We are also strengthening and expanding our workforce with the hiring of new employees,” Rochester Regional Health said. “Our primary focus is the safety and well-being of our patients and employees, and to ensure we continue operating safely and effectively. We remain ready to deliver care and strongly encourage those in need not to delay seeking medical attention. Rochester Regional thanks our teams for their ongoing heartfelt courage, care and commitment.”

Addressing the fact that some employees opted against getting the COVID-19 vaccine, officials said they believe in the science and data behind it.

“Rochester Regional Health wants to express our sincere appreciation for our employees. Their steadfast dedication to our patients continues to help guide our community through the pandemic,” officials added.


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