Henry Ford Health System is the first hospital in Michigan that will require all employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Not only employees but volunteers, students, and contractors must be vaccinated by September 10 when the new requirement goes into effect.

As you can imagine, not everyone is happy about this decision, especially those refusing the vaccine.

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President and CEO Wright Lassiter III:

We acknowledge the magnitude of this decision and we did not make it lightly. As a leader and trusted voice in our communities, our patients and members depend on us to create a safe, healthy environment. We owe that same promise to our team members. Safety and infection prevention are everyone’s responsibility.

To be totally honest, the policy is no different than the ones that are already in place at Henry Ford which requires employees to be up to date on all their other vaccinations including measles, mumps, rubella, and whooping cough. They're also required to get a flu shot as well, so I don't think the requirement is really a big deal. If I was being admitted to a hospital, I'd feel a hell of a lot better knowing everyone was vaccinated.

Bob Riney, President of Healthcare Operations and Chief Operating Officer:

We have consistently advocated for vaccination as the best path forward for all of us. But for vaccinations to truly make a deep and lasting impact on this pandemic, we need everyone in this fight. There is no greater compassion we can show each other than to be vigilant about safety and preventing the spread of this devastating disease.

Source:Fox 2 Detroit

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