Henry Ford Health System COO: Required employee COVID-19 vaccines is 'right thing to do'

Henry Ford Health System COO: Required employee COVID-19 vaccines is 'right thing to do'

Henry Ford Health System COO: Required employee COVID-19 vaccines is 'right thing to do' Days after hundreds of people protested outside five Henry Ford Health System hospitals, the COO and president of health care operations said Wednesday that "we have never been more committed" to the system's decision to require COVID-19 vaccinations of its employees. The decision "is the right thing to do for the health and safety of our patients, our workforce and the communities we serve. If health care is not going to lead on this issue, who will?" COO Bob Riney said. "They depend on us and trust us to ensure a safe and healthy environment and we pledged to honor that promise." The hospital system is believed to be the first in Michigan to require COVID-19 vaccinations of all its team members, students, volunteers and contractors. That includes those working remotely. The announcement came June 29. Employees have until Sept. 10 to be fully vaccinated. Riney said hospital officials expected the decision would be met with opposition, but said that has been "largely eclipsed by the …
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