Contact: Lindsay Huhman
Jefferson City, Mo - All employees, students and providers who work, learn or practice medicine at Capital Region Medical Center facilities must be fully vaccinated by November 15, unless granted a medical or religious exception.
The announcement comes as COVID-19 prevalence, hospitalizations and deaths continue to climb, largely due to the highly contagious Delta variant. Most of Capital Region’s COVID-19 patients are unvaccinated, and data shows that unvaccinated people account for nearly 99% of recent U.S. COVID-19 deaths and more than 90% of hospitalizations.
“The health and safety of our employees, patients and our community remain our top priority,” says Gaspare Calvaruso, president, Capital Region Medical Center. “With full FDA approval granted for the Pfizer vaccine for everyone 16 and older, we believe the time is appropriate to mandate vaccination for Capital Region employees.”
Requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for health care employees aligns with recommendations from top medical organizations and associations, including the American Hospital Association, American Medical Association, American Nurses Association, American Public Health Association and many others.
“When the COVID-19 vaccines became available in late 2020, Capital Region mobilized very quickly, strongly encouraging all employees to receive the vaccination,” says Dr. Randy Haight, vice president of Medical Affairs for Capital Region Medical Center, “Since that time we have continued to implore staff and the community to receive the vaccine. More than 63% of our employees have been vaccinated, but we’ve seen the effectiveness of the vaccine in saving lives and know we can improve our rates.”
The Nov 15 vaccination deadline provides time for employees to become fully vaccinated heading into the season when the flu and other respiratory diseases similar to COVID-19 begin to circulate.
For more details and information regarding COVID-19, visit www.crmc.org/covid-19