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12 SIH employees resign over vaccine mandate

by Aaron Price
by Aaron Price

9/3/2021 | 1:37 p.m.

WILLIAMSON COUNTY - Twelve employees of Southern Illinois Healthcare have resigned following the company's vaccine mandate announced last month.

SIH announced that all employees, excluding some medical or religious exemptions, would be required to get the vaccine by November 8, 2021.

Those who did not prefer to get vaccinated before that date would have to comply with weekly COVID-19 testing until vaccinated.

As of Friday, SIH Communications Coordinator Rosslind Rice confirms twelve employees have resigned over the vaccine mandate.

One former employee we spoke with, who chose to not disclose their name, says the vaccine should be optional for anyone.

"We were told at the beginning of this pandemic that it would be our choice. They have turned their backs and lied to the very ones who have worked their hardest over the past year and a half to keep our healthcare system from failing."

SIH has previously said that no employees would be terminated until the vaccination deadline had passed.

"All of us at SIH are dedicated to improving the health and well-being of all people in every community we serve across Southern Illinois. Making the COVID-19 vaccine a requirement for our employees is the most important act of caring we can all do right now to protect them, their patients, and all our families that rely on safe, high-quality care right here close to home," said CEO Rex Budde.

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