With few exceptions, St. Mary Medical Center will require all staff, contractors, and colleagues to get a COVID-19 vaccine.
Hospital owner Trinity Health announced the coming policy late last week. The new policy will apply to its 117,000 employees throughout 22 states.
It estimates three in four employees have already received at least one dose of a vaccine.
“The science is clear—vaccination against COVID-19 is saving lives,” says Sharon Carney, MD, chief clinical officer for Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic. “It’s the right thing to do. As a healthcare system and as caregivers, it is our responsibility to provide a safe environment for our colleagues, patients and communities.”
Workers at the hospital in Langhorne must submit proof of vaccination by September 21 of this year. Religious and health exemptions must be formally requested and approved.
“Employees who do not meet criteria for exemption and fail to show proof of vaccination will have their employment terminated,” according to a statement from Trinity Health. The hospital owner is still considering whether to make annual booster shots mandatory as well.