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Ochsner moves forward with employee COVID vaccine requirement outside north La.

Published: Oct. 30, 2021 at 4:24 PM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Ochsner Health released a statement on Saturday, Oct. 30, that it is moving forward with its vaccination requirement for employees at facilities not affected by an appellate court decision and the consequences for those who have not received the vaccine.

Officials said employees who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 will face a month-long suspension or be told to take a leave of absence. Ochsner Health added those suspensions will begin Monday, Nov. 1.

“Our employee vaccination policy timeline will continue as planned at all other Ochsner Health facilities,” the statement read in part. “Similar to other health systems that have implemented a vaccine requirement, we expect that a small percentage of employees will not be in compliance with our policy by the initial Oct. 29 deadline and will take a leave or be suspended. During the 30-day leave period, we will continue communicating with team members not yet in compliance about the options available to them.”

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This is a significant development since Ochsner is Louisiana’s largest non-profit healthcare system and has taken one of the strongest stances about employee vaccinations in the state.

Company leaders did not report exactly how many employees did not meet Thursday’s deadline to get vaccinated.

The Second Circuit Court of Appeal in Shreveport ruled on Thursday that Ochsner cannot fire or otherwise discipline north Louisiana employees who refuse to get vaccinated. Ochsner said it plans to appeal the ruling to the Louisiana Supreme Court.

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