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Spotlight: COVID Vax mandates hurt nursing shortage

MADISON — As Gundersen Health System inches closer to its COVID vaccine mandate deadline, health care workers standing up for their rights are looking at the unemployment line.

The La Crosse-based health system last month announced all of its approximately 7,600 employees must be vaccinated by Nov. 1 or face losing their jobs. A Gundersen nurse tells Wisconsin Spotlight that employees who refuse to get the shot by that date will be placed on one-week unpaid suspension. They could be shown the door if they continue to resist.

Gundersen officials did not return Wisconsin Spotlight’s request for comment, but it appears about 15 percent of employees have to date opted not to get vaccinated.

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