Lawrence Memorial Hospital has joined a growing number of hospitals and health systems that are requiring employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
The requirement applies to all staff, volunteers and vendors who work in the hospital and health system locations.
“As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, vaccines represent the most powerful tool to help prevent serious infection, hospitalization and death,” Russ Johnson, CEO, said in an announcement from the hospital Friday. “Vaccines are vital in protecting our employees, providers, patients and community.”
Vaccination will be required by Nov. 21; however, Johnson said in the announcement that 99% of providers and nearly 90% of employees are already fully vaccinated.
Requests for exemptions for medical and religious reasons may be granted, and new employees and associates will be required to be vaccinated within 30 days of their hire, according to the announcement.