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Dozens of UCHealth employees in Colorado Springs terminated over COVID-19 vaccine requirement

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- Over a hundred employees with UCHealth in Colorado are being terminated for not following the hospital system's COVID-19 vaccine requirement. That includes at least 32 employees in the Colorado Springs area so far.

Back in July, UCHealth had set a deadline for 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 1 for all employees to either obtain one of the three available COVID-19 vaccines, or get a medical or religious exemption. If employees didn't, they were told they would be terminated.

After the announcement, some UCHealth employees told KRDO they were angry about the requirement. At least one employee who wanted to remain anonymous said they believed the health care system was taking away their power and rights by not giving them a choice if they want to keep their jobs.

UCHealth confirmed to KRDO on Tuesday that 119 employees statewide were let go. That makes up about 0.5% of the system's workforce, according to Vice President of Communications Dan Weaver.

But even with the firings, it hasn't translated into further staffing shortages.

"Despite the loss of these employees, UCHealth’s COVID-19 vaccination requirement has helped to improve staffing. With broad vaccination rates, fewer employees are testing positive for COVID-19 and needing to be out of work while they recover," Weaver said in a statement.

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  1. There is NO such thing as COVID-19 AND the quackcine is a bio-weapon intended to kill off humanity. These medical personnel see the death first hand that these quackcine bio-weapons are causing and this is why they are losing their jobs rather than lining up to take the quackcines.

    The hospital administrators are guilty of genocide, along with the management of KRLD, and these should all be killed as enemy combatants killing Americans on American soil that they are.

    1. Just wait until the hospitals are overrun with people who are dying from taking the quackcine. KRLD and their lying conspiring communist ilk will tell people they are dying from the non-existent COVID BUT they will ALL have been quackcinated.

  2. It is the plan to kill off America by injection of bio-weapons disguised as vaccines and KRLD is playing it’s part by intentionally lying to the public to willfully deceive us. The bought off murdering pedophiles at KRLD MUST be held accountable for these criminal actions.

    1. Seriously are you even from the Springs? Do you even know which news web site you are posting on?

    2. Thank for stepping out of the Dark Web and sharing your garbage. Now go back inside your bunker and clean your guns. You have completely lost your mind.

  3. Well – we shall soon see some more preventable deaths labeled as “COVID-related”, as the sick go untreated.

  4. “Over a hundred employees with UCHealth in Colorado are being terminated for not following the hospital system’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement.”
    “UCHealth confirmed to KRDO on Tuesday that 119 employees statewide were let go. That makes up about 0.5% of the system’s workforce, according to Vice President of Communications Dan Weaver.”
    “Despite the loss of these employees, UCHealth’s COVID-19 vaccination requirement has helped to improve staffing. With broad vaccination rates, fewer employees are testing positive for COVID-19 and needing to be out of work while they recover,” Weaver said in a statement.
    The efficiency of the cold, callous decision to take 119 medically trained personnel that more than likely have already been infected by CO-VID and simply fire them during a time when most employers are struggling to find good candidates for menial jobs seems very ignorant and shows that there is not much forethought in our governments knee-jerk reactions. Hospitals all over the nation are struggling before the Governmental firing of federally funded employees; after the firing we are supposed to believe that firing 119 people is for the betterment of our hospitals and for our healthcare.
    I don’t know if the Vice President of Communications Dan Weaver has ever actually worked in an industry where the loss of 119 people occurred at one time, but clearly his logic must be called into question for believing that this decision helped improve staffing. How does anyone consider firing 119 employees as improving staffing, you just went in the opposite direction of improving staffing, you fired 119 educated, trained, certified, medical professionals.

    1. @anothermindlesszealot

      As you should well know, mindlesszealot, you improve the workforce because they were troublemakers from the start. Like in the military–my case, Vietnam–if you get rid of the trouble-making enemy sympathizers and no-goods in advance, it saves the rest of the team the need to frag him or her later. Doing it early also means that you save all the paperwork after a fragging.

      1. How are they troublemakers??? They paid thousands and attended schools for years in order to serve US. How is that a problem??? How do you know that one of those 119 fired were not part of a medical team that save the life of someone you know??? What a Sh!T thing to say and I don’t care what war you served in.

      2. wheatbridge…I feel sorry for you…wait…no I don’t…you must hate America. And don’t tell me you are a Vet like Reality Check…no vet would dishonor his or her country for a lie. Patriotism is a choice and then a lifestyle…sad…really sad. What if you lost your job? These people were heroes months ago and now they are kicked to the curb? Your comment is wrong and without substance just like you!

  5. So… They just fired them and he is saying it has already helped..??..
    Lets take a look here. If it was only 119 employees who didn’t get the shot then by his statement only those 119 people were susceptible not coming in for being sick with covid. So if they are now gone and it helps…… This makes no sense at all. If anything the time they do work is a bonus to the company. Also if you have already had covid there is less chance of getting covid again and being really sick than people who got the shot.
    Can you see the politics in all of this now? It has nothing to do with saving lives.

    1. Did you know these people were supposed to get a bonus on 10-15 for sticking with it during the worst? Now they lose that too-so much for loyalty.

  6. From the Hypocratic Oath:
    I will not give a lethal drug to anyone if I am asked, nor will I advise such a plan; and similarly I will not give a woman a pessary to cause an abortion.
    So long as I maintain this Oath faithfully and without CORRUPTION, may it be granted to me to partake of life fully and the practice of my art, gaining the respect of all men for all time. However, should I transgress this Oath and violate it, may the opposite be my fate.

  7. This “vaccine” is NO vaccine at all but is a bio-weapon that causes the body to produce spike proteins and these clot the blood. This is intended to kill off as many people as possible. This is a crime against humanity. This is genocide and KRDO is in on keeping this truth from the public. As part of this disinformation, KRDO routinely deletes comments like this.

    1. Actually, they will probably leave it up, just so the rest of us can laugh at you.
      .
      Yes, there are problems with the vaccines. Yes, it is overreach to force us to take it. Yes, the government has been lying to us about COVID. But your conspiracy theory is bunk. The vaccine is bad enough as it is without people like you spewing nonsense.

  8. “With broad vaccination rates, fewer employees are testing positive for COVID-19 and needing to be out of work while they recover,” Weaver said in a statement.

    Well, that’s wonderful. Next, forced sterilization of female employees. We’ll save so much by not having to worry about women taking maternity leave!

    1. I hope they are going to test all their vaccinated staff at least once a week now.
      Or
      are they going to ignore THE SCIENCE that vaccinated people get and spread covid as well?

  9. People are dropping like flies dying from this quackcine. That and KRDO is censoring comments again.

    1. Dropping like flies….. No so much. I am not a fan of mandates especially when so many do not need the shot. But the lies on TikTok and other arenas around that the shot changes your blood chemistry… Hundreds of thousands of people have died and the govt is hiding it…. People glow in the dark now after the shot….etc are 99% false and are fear mongering. Yes, there is a portion of the population that should not get the shot because they are prone to blood clots, people who have had other reactions to other vaccines etc. At some point you have to see the real numbers and if over 70% of the population has got the shot and there are not bodies lining the street….. you are wrong.

      1. Bodies, bodies dead from taking the quackcines, will be lining the streets soon enough, or at least overflowing the morgues. I have posted sources to verify what I say but KRLD’s comment filtering software never posts them and always sends them down the Pedo-rado memory hole. Do your own research, you word salad.

  10. I suggest we all ignore ABC. He might just be posting here to incite activity.
    And just like Facebook- KRDO leaves it up to incite more activity and ad viewing etc..

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