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DETROIT, June 30, 2021 ~ Tuesday, Henry Ford Health System announced that all 33,000 employees, students, volunteers and contractors will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Employees who are working remotely must also be vaccinated.
“We acknowledge the magnitude of this decision and we did not make it lightly,” said Henry Ford Health System President and CEO Wright Lassiter III in a statement on Tuesday. “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.”
The mandate is effective September 10, and workers are encouraged to get the first of the two-dose Pfizer or Moderna vaccines by August 10, to ensure completion by the deadline.
June 30, 2021 ~ The WJR Senior News Analyst talks to Paul W. about Henry Ford Health System‘s decision to require COVID-19 vaccines for all employees by September 10th.
June 30, 2021 ~ Marie Osborne tells Kevin Dietz about Henry Ford Health System‘s requirement to have all employees vaccinated.
“There’s very few reasons to not get the vaccine,” said Medical Director of Infection Prevention Dr. Dennis Cunningham. “For those who have a health condition that would make vaccination risky, they should consult with their physician.”
Regarding religious exemption, Dr. Cunningham stated “”if you’ve had other types of vaccines before, you can’t say that (you) have a religious objection.”
Henry Ford Health System is the first hospital system in Michigan to mandate COVID-19 vaccines.