COVID vaccine refusal 10th highest reason for job cuts in 2021, report says

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- While experts say we're still in the so-called "Great Resignation," a recent Jobs Cut Report uncovered vaccine refusal as the 10th highest reason for job cuts this year.

Numbers released by Chicago-based outplacement and business and executive coaching firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. came on on the same day President Biden announced new federal guidance and deadline for tens of millions of workers to get vaccinated.

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"Roughly 5,000 people that lost their jobs in the last month due to COVID vaccine refusal made up actually 22% of the total number of people that we tracked being let go across the country," the firm's Senior VP Andy Challenger told our sister station KGO-TV.

Challenger said since vaccines became widely available to adults in June, more than 6,800 workers have been cut or left their jobs because of vaccine mandates.

He anticipates numbers will grow, following the new federal deadline for two-thirds of the country's workforce announced on Thursday.

Businesses with at least 100 employees have until Jan. 4 to require workers to be fully vaccinated or face weekly testing.

"As I'm talking to companies, as I'm talking to HR leaders, there really is a lot of turmoil within their organizations across just about every sector," he added.

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Peter Leroe-Munoz with the Silicon Valley Leadership Group in California's Bay Area says its 350-plus member companies have consistently supported vaccine mandates.

"I think that is a credit really, to the kind of forward-thinking of our region," Leroe-Munoz shared. "And it's served us well."

He said the news is important for economic recovery and for the return to pre-pandemic practices.

"It allows for things like greater working in-person collaboration, it allows for visiting different work sites, R&D sites as well," he said.

Elsewhere, the Biden Administration's vaccine rules for businesses will impact more than 100 million workers around the U.S.
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