WORCESTER (CBS) – About 200 UMass Memorial Health employees are out of a job because they missed the health care system’s COVID vaccination deadline.

UMass Memorial announced the mandate over the summer with a deadline to get vaccinated or receive an exemption by November 1.

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Employees were let go on December 1 if they did not get the vaccine.

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The hospital said it hoped everyone would get their shots, but the priority is protecting patients and other caregivers.

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UMass Memorial has about 15,000 employees.

CBSBoston.com Staff