Fact Check: AMR Ambulance In LA County Did NOT Terminate 30% Of Employees For Refusing Mandated COVID-19 Vaccine

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  • by: Alexis Tereszcuk
Fact Check: AMR Ambulance In LA County Did NOT Terminate 30% Of Employees For Refusing Mandated COVID-19 Vaccine Not Fired

Did the AMR ambulance company in the LA County area recently terminate approximately 30% of its employees for failing to comply with the company's COVID-19 vaccine mandate? No, that's not true: The Emergency Medical Technician union, IAEP, in Los Angeles released a statement saying the rumor is "false" and there are only 3.5% of its members on leave related to the vaccine mandate and they have not been terminated.

The claim appeared as a post (archived here) where it was published on Instagram on October 3, 2021. It opened:


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(Source: Instagram screenshot taken on Tues Oct 5 16:22:43 2021 UTC)

The caption on the post regarding an alleged delay for an ambulance in Los Angeles had the following misinformation, with the word vaccine shown with "V" and an "axe" symbol, a tactic used to avoid being flagged on social media:

AMR ambulance in the LA county area recently terminated approximately 30% of its employees due to failing to comply with their company's V🪓 mandate.

Michael Diaz, president of IAEP R12-77 LA County, the International Association of EMTS and Paramedics union, shared a image on his Instagram page on October 3, 2021 which debunked the claim about the number of EMTs on leave related to the COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

The letter had the subject "Vaccine mandates and staffing issues" and was dated October 3, 2021. It read, in part:

The purported number being circulated is 50% reduction in workforce due to the vaccine mandates. This is false. Our Los Angeles County local, who works in partnership with AMR Los Angeles County, is currently 91% vaccinated. While 3.5% of our members are on temporary leave related to the vaccine mandate, they have not been terminated."

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  Alexis Tereszcuk

Alexis Tereszcuk is a writer and fact checker at Lead Stories and an award-winning journalist who spent over a decade breaking hard news and celebrity scoop with RadarOnline and Us Weekly.

As the Entertainment Editor, she investigated Hollywood stories and conducted interviews with A-list celebrities and reality stars.  

Alexis’ crime reporting earned her spots as a contributor on the Nancy Grace show, CNN, Fox News and Entertainment Tonight, among others.

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