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Number of Summa employees fired for not receiving a COVID injection is small

Summa Health — the only health system in the Akron-area that requires employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccination or facial termination — has fired seven employees for refusing to be vaccinated.

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That number is significantly lower than the 180 or 2% of the 8,000 health system workers who failed to comply with the rules in early November.

Vaccine policy required Summa employees to be fully vaccinated by Oct. 31 — or two weeks after their last dose.

About 7%, or 566 employees, applied for a medical or religious exemption. Other employees who failed to comply with the mandate were warned that they would face disciplinary action, including termination.

The low number of workers who refused the vaccine and chose to be laid off matched many health systems that have issued similar mandates, said Dr. Cliff Deveny, president and CEO of Summa, in a recent phone interview.

dr.  Cliff Deveny, president and CEO of Summa Health.

“I was very pleased and somewhat surprised” the number of workers who refused to be vaccinated was no higher, Deveny said.

“But in the end it made sense. And if you look at other health systems across the country, most of them had handfuls of [of terminations]”They didn’t have hundreds,” he said. “The model was playing out there.”

Deveny said that for those employees who faced disciplinary action leading to termination, there were several factors that led to compliance or non-compliance, including some who had been vaccinated and had not been given a chance to update their vaccine status on others who decided to get the shot when they talked to someone about it.