About 2-percent of Nuvance Health employees have been placed on unpaid suspension for not being in compliance with the system's COVID-19 vaccine mandate. All medical staff, volunteers, students and contractors needed to get at least one dose by October 1st. There are medical and religious exemptions available. Nuvance operates Danbury, New Milford, Norwalk and Sharon Hospitals in Connecticut, and Putnam and Northern Dutchess Hospitals and Vassar Brothers Medical Center in New York. According to the policy, those in noncompliance will be terminated, but no timeframe was given for suspended employees to provide proof of vaccination before that occurs. Nuvance spokeswoman Andrea Rynn said in a statement that while they regret a small minority have chosen to leave the organization rather than get vaccinated, Nuvance remains committed to delivering high-quality, safe care to patients.