(CBS4)– Kaiser Permanente mandates that all employees and doctors receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The organization has set a target date of September 30th for full vaccination of all workforce.
“As the largest integrated care system in the country, we see it as our responsibility to do everything in our power to help end the pandemic, especially given the dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases from the highly contagious Delta variant,” said Greg A. Adams, chairman and chief executive officer, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plan, Inc. in a statement. “Large groups of unvaccinated people are fueling the current surge in cases and 97-99% of COVID-19 hospital admissions are unvaccinated. Compulsory vaccination is the most effective way to protect our employees, our patients, and the communities we serve. We encourage all health systems, as well as business and industry leaders across the country, to play a role in ending the pandemic by doing the same. ”
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Unvaccinated staff and doctors must be fully vaccinated or apply for a medical or religious exception.
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As of July 31, 77.8% of Kaiser Permanente employees and more than 95% of physicians in Permanente Medical Group were fully vaccinated.
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“For 16 months we’ve been doing everything we can to save lives, care for COVID-19 patients, and prevent our communities from contracting this deadly virus,” said Ramin Davidoff, MD, co-CEO of Permanente Federation in a statement. “The COVID-19 vaccines offer us the way to overcome the pandemic, just as vaccination ended the epidemics of smallpox, polio, measles and other deadly diseases.”