ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- More than 8,000 Mayo Clinic staff members could face termination if they remain unvaccinated for COVID-19, according to an internal employee email memo.
The memo, sent Wednesday to unvaccinated employees, says that all Mayo Clinic staff members who are not vaccinated are required to get vaccinated for the virus, or get approved for medical or religious exemptions by Dec. 3 at noon. Staff members who received the memo, are part of the more than 8,000 employees who remain unvaccinated.
The email then laid out a timeline for unvaccinated employees. All medical and religious exemption forms are due on Nov. 8. On Dec. 3, staff who remain unvaccinated for the virus and have not been approved for medical or religious exemption will be placed on unpaid leave. Staff who remain not in compliance with the vaccination requirement will be terminated Jan 3, 2022.
When KTTC inquired Mayo about the memo, the hospital sent the following statement:
"It's encouraging that overall staff vaccination rates for COVID-19 increased from 77.4% to 87.7% with Mayo's participation program for COVID-19 vaccination that was announced in July," read the statement. "However, based on the percentage of staff who remain unvaccinated and in consideration of the safety of our patients, staff, visitors and communities, Mayo Clinic is transitioning to the next phase of its COVID-19 vaccination program, with vaccination required to continue to work at Mayo Clinic. A review process will be available for staff to seek medical or religious exemptions to vaccination."