Kaiser Permanente is the latest in a growing list of companies to make the COVID-19 vaccine mandatory for all staff and physicians.
“As the country’s largest integrated care delivery system, we feel it is our responsibility to do everything we can to help bring an end to the pandemic, especially in light of the dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases from the highly infectious Delta variant,” said Greg A. Adams, Chair and Chief Executive Officer, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plan, Inc.
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There are currently more than 216,000 employees and 23,000 doctors across Kaiser's network.
The mandate states everyone should be vaccinated by September 30th, at the latest. Employees will be given paid administrative time to get the vaccine.
“Large groups of unvaccinated people are fueling the current increase in cases and 97-99% of COVID-19 hospital admissions are unvaccinated patients. Making vaccination mandatory is the most effective way we can protect our people, our patients and the communities we serve. We encourage all health systems and business and industry leaders across the country to play a role in ending the pandemic by doing the same.”
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