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Marshfield Clinic Health System CEO Says They've Lost Less Than 100 Employees Due to Vaccine Mandate

Thursday, December 23rd, 2021 -- 9:01 AM

Marshfield Clinic Health System’s Chief Medical Officer says they’ve lost less than 100 employees due to the system’s vaccine mandate.

Dr. William Melms, during a media briefing Monday, discussed how COVID cases are impacting the health system. Dr. Melms was asked if the vaccine mandate had anything to do with the shortage of healthcare workers. Dr. Melms explained a low percentage of employees choose not to get vaccinated.

He stated, “The vast majority of our employees that elected not to become vaccinated have been granted exemptions to the vaccine for various reasons. All of which that we reviewed carefully. We really only lost in our entire organization..... And we have over 12,000 employees, we lost less than 100 employees because of the vaccine mandate.”

He continued, “But one thing that did happen with the vaccine mandate is that many of our hesitant employees, thousands of our hesitant employees, did elect to get vaccinated, so it accomplished what it needed to do.”

Marshfield Clinic has nine hospitals including its primary location in Marshfield. Marshfield Clinic Health System required its employees to become fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by Nov. 15.

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