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Mayo Clinic fires 700 unvaccinated employees — about 1% of its workforce

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Rochester, Minnesota — Mayo Clinic fired 700 employees Tuesday who didn't comply with its policy to get vaccinated against COVID-19 by Monday, CBS Minnesota reports.

The dismissed employees make up about 1% of Mayo's 73,000 workforce.

Officials say while it's sad to lose valuable employees, it's essential to keep patients, the workforce, visitors and communities safe.

Employees released Tuesday can return to Mayo Clinic for future job openings if they get vaccinated.

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