Vaccine mandate looming for local hospitals, health care workers

Anita Hammersley administers a Covid-19 vaccine in this News Journal file photo at the Richland County Fairgrounds. Jason J. Molyet/News Journal

Neighborhood overall health officials and personnel are getting ready for the looming federal mandate that would have to have about 17 million wellbeing care staff in 76,000 hospitals, nursing houses and other wellbeing treatment facilities to be totally vaccinated versus COVID-19 by Jan. 4.

Not like the mandate for private businesses, the unexpected emergency purchase issued Nov. 4 by the Facilities for Medicare and Medicaid Providers does not give health care personnel who refuse vaccination the option of having tested in lieu of immunization. 

Employees at Avita Wellness System, with facilities in Richland and Crawford counties, previous Friday had been sent an email by Jerome Morasko, the healthcare facility president and CEO, stating that just about every health treatment employee at Avita will have to be vaccinated for COVID “in order to continue to be in the Medicare and Medicaid software.”