WASHINGTON (WDVM) — The District of Columbia Health Association said on Wednesday evening that “nearly all” D.C. health systems and hospitals will soon be requiring all employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
A release said that those establishing these requirements will set a date after which vaccination will be an employment requirement. Exemptions will be given for medical or religious reasons.
This new decision follows expert guidance and data that reflects high rates of effectiveness from the vaccine versus the minimal risk of taking it. D.C. health officials report close to 70% of all hospital employees have been fully vaccinated, with 57.6% of D.C. residents being partially or fully vaccinated, and an estimated 47.9% of residents have been fully vaccinated.
“The District of Columbia is blessed with a hospital workforce of over 30,000 individuals that provided and continue to provide compassionate and quality care throughout the pandemic,” said Jacqueline D. Bowens, President, and CEO of the District of Columbia Hospital Association. “This consensus is a reiteration of our hospitals’ commitment to safety by keeping our staff, patients, and visitors protected against COVID-19.”
This is a developing story and will be updated.