Some health care workers, first responders part of the group that remain unvaccinated
Largest hospital association calls for healthcare worker vaccination; Missouri announces lottery as unvaccinated cases spike: COVID news
The nation's largest hospital association called Wednesday for all healthcare workers to get vaccinated as cases rise around the country.
“To protect all patients, communities and personnel from the known and substantial risks of COVID-19, the American Hospital Association strongly urges the vaccination of all health care personnel,” the organization said in a policy statement. “The AHA also supports hospitals and health systems that adopt mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policies for health care personnel, with local factors and circumstances shaping whether and how these policies are implemented.”
The AHA — which represents nearly 5,000 hospitals — is the largest healthcare group to endorse mandatory vaccine requirements for health workers.
The latest national spike in coronavirus cases — new infections have nearly tripled in the U.S. over the last two weeks — is frustrating health care workers still reeling from the brutal winter surge.
Health officials said the best protection remains vaccination, noting the shots reduce the risks of serious illness, hospitalization and death.
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