Community Health Network to require COVID-19 vaccinations fo rstaff

Community Health Network is the latest hospital system to announce that it will require all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

On Thursday, the health system said that all employees will be required to be fully vaccinated by Sept. 15.

The requirement applies to vendors, contractors and volunteers who work at Community locations, hospital officials said.

“The evidence is clearer every day that those who are vaccinated very rarely pass the virus to others,” said Dr. Ram Yeleti, chief physician executive for Community Health Network, in an emailed news release. “We have an obligation to the patients who put their health in our hands to create the safest environment possible.” 

Patients and visitors still will be expected to wear masks.

Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said that those who are fully vaccinated do not need to wear masks in public places, that latitude does not apply to when they are inside hospitals, public transportation, airports and a handful of other sites.

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