WATERBURY, CT (WFSB) – Waterbury Well being is the newest to announce a vaccine mandate for its staff.
The hospital already has a fairly excessive vaccination fee, at about 86 %, however they need to bump that to one hundred pc.
The hospital is a part of the Connecticut Hospital Affiliation, the place all members plan to do that in some unspecified time in the future.
However with a completely accredited FDA vaccine on the market now, they hope this will get different industries to get mandates in place.
Other than employees, the vaccine mandate applies to volunteers, contractors, and college students.
Waterbury Hospital’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Justin Lundbye mentioned he hopes the now FDA accredited Pfizer vaccine will get the hesitant in line for his or her pictures.
“There are some of us on the market which can be questioning if that is nonetheless an efficient vaccination. However often these are our of us who aren’t scientific and people kinds of issues,” Lundbye mentioned.
Waterbury Hospital is one in all 27 acute care hospitals a part of the Connecticut Hospital Affiliation (CHA).
Whereas all of them had fairly excessive vaccination charges, instituting mandates did assist improve their numbers.
The CHA first really useful vaccine mandates in June, wanting hospitals to be a task mannequin for different industries.
“Most notably for hospitals and well being methods, the vaccine prevents hospitalization, proper? We need to see as few sufferers as potential in our hospitals with COVID-19,” mentioned Paul Kidwell, senior vice chairman for Coverage at Connecticut Hospital Affiliation.
Waterbury Hospital hopes this can lastly get them to one hundred pc vaccination in opposition to COVID.
They hope the actual fact they’ve mandated vaccinations up to now helps deter the potential backlash to the coverage.
“Now we have the observe of mandating vaccinations for flu for everyone as a result of we all know how efficient that’s. So now we’re merely simply transitioning that to the COVID an infection as properly to stop COVID from infecting our employees and so forth,” Lundbye mentioned.
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