CoxHealth moves forward with vaccine requirement for employees

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LAMAR, Mo. – CoxHealth moves forward with a universal vaccine requirement for all physicians, vendors, students, and employees who are on CoxHealth’s campuses.

The announcement comes after the FDA gives full approval to Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine. All employees must have their first vaccine dose by October 15th.

“Ultimately, this decision has been made in support of our most urgent priority of protecting our employees, patients, and community. We have seen great tragedy over the past 18 months: Hundreds of lives lost due to COVID-19, even more left with long-term impacts, and untold moments of pain for our employees and community members due to this dreadful virus. We take this opportunity to unify and move forward together as we work to protect our community, as we have been called to do in health care.” says Steve Edwards, president and CEO of CoxHealth.

CoxHealth says nearly 70 percent of employees, as well as 90 percent of physicians, are already vaccinated against COVID-19.

You can read the full release here: CoxHealth begins universal employee COVID-19 vaccinations