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Ochsner Health Disappointed by COVID-19 Vaccine Ruling

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Louisiana’s largest health system says it's disappointed with an appellate court order blocking its decision to fire or discipline north Louisiana employees who refuse a mandate to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Posted: Nov 1, 2021 8:39 AM

NEW ORLEANS, La. (AP) — Louisiana’s largest health system says it's disappointed with an appellate court order blocking its decision to fire or discipline north Louisiana employees who refuse a mandate to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Ochsner Health CEO Warner Thomas said Saturday that it will appeal the decision by the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeal based in Shreveport.

The Oschner executive said the health system, meanwhile, will defer its compliance deadline across facilities in Shreveport and Monroe until the matter is settled.

The court order came a day before Ochsner Health’s Friday deadline for its 32,000 employees in Louisiana and a small part of Mississippi to be fully vaccinated or face dismissal.

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