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Baptist Health requires employees to receive COVID-19 vaccine

Published: Aug. 4, 2021 at 9:02 AM CDT
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MADISONVILLE, Ky. (WFIE) - Officials at Baptist Health are rolling out a plan that requires employees at all of their locations to get vaccinated for COVID-19.

They tell 14 News this is due to a surge in cases brought on by the Delta variant.

According to hospital officials, about 65 to 70% of Baptist Health’s nearly 23,000 employees have been vaccinated.

They say the rest will have until October 31 to get fully vaccinated.

A press release states employees must get their first dose by September 15.

Their vaccination requirement also extends to all contractors, independently licensed healthcare providers, students, vendors and any other person performing onsite services at any Baptist Health facility.

Staff members and providers who cannot get vaccinated for medical reasons or religious reasons may apply for an exemption by Aug. 30. Health leaders say those with an approved exemption will be subject to periodic testing for COVID-19.

Officials say employees with a start date of September 13 or later will be required to have their first dose within one week of being hired.

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