Employees at MercyOne Hospital in Dyersville and four other Catholic hospitals in Iowa must get the COVID vaccine by this fall.
Employees and contractors hired to work at MercyOne hospitals in Dyersville, Dubuque, Clinton, Mason City, New Hampton, Primghar and Sioux City must show proof they’ve been vaccinated by September 21st. The vaccination requirement also applies to staff in the health clinics operated by those hospitals.
The mandate comes from Trinity Health, the parent company for 90 U.S. hospitals. The company estimates nearly 75 percent of its national workforce has had at least one dose of a COVID vaccine. Trinity Health’s president says now that there’s a proven way to prevent COVID deaths, the health system is doing its part by requiring employees get vaccinated.
Employees will be able to seek a religious exemption or provide documentation they should not be vaccinated for medical reasons. The new Iowa law that has banned so-called “vaccine passports” prevents Iowa governments from issuing ID cards showing a person’s vaccination history. It did not, however, forbid hospitals and other Iowa businesses from mandating that employees get a COVID shot.
story courtesy of Radio Iowa