Will other Mobile County hospitals require COVID-19 vaccine?


MOBILE COUNTY, Ala. (WKRG) — As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, some hospitals are requiring their employees to get vaccinated.

Ascension Health announced this week they will now require their employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Ascension Providence and Sacred Heart in Pensacola employees will now be required to complete the COVID-19 vaccine series by Nov. 12.

COVID-19 cases have continued to skyrocket in Mobile County. The Mobile County Health Department recorded 547 cases Tuesday, and 198 people are hospitalized.

Ascension released the information requiring employees to get vaccinated via email Tuesday and posted the release to their website. They say they came to this decision as the pandemic continues and new variants emerge, they want to ensure their patients, visitors, and associates are safe.

We asked other hospitals in Mobile County if they plan on following suit.

Springhill Medical Center released a statement from the hospital’s CEO:

“We are seriously considering it but have not yet mandated it.”

Jeff St. Clair, Springhill Medical Center President/CEO

USA Health says they continue to encourage their staff and everyone to get vaccinated.

Infirmary Health responded Thursday morning with the following statement:

Infirmary Heath is not mandating the COVID vaccine for its employees at this time.  We are closely monitoring the current surge in covid-19 cases in our immediate area.  In the event the virus continues to spread at the current accelerated rate, there is some possibility that vaccinations will be required in the foreseeable future.  Our hospital and physician leadership thank those employees who have taken the initiative to get vaccinated to protect themselves, their families and their co-workers.  We strongly encourage those who are not vaccinated to do so through our programs which provide education, incentives and convenient access to the vaccine.

Ashley Rains, Infirmary Health

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