Region's hospital networks vary in approach to employee COVID-19 vaccinations

Hospital networks contacted for this story stressed that the vaccine is a safe and effective way to prevent the spread of COVID-19. But, at least for now, some said they won’t be making the COVID-19 vaccine mandatory for employees.

“It is possible that the COVID-19 vaccine will become mandatory for employees at some point; however, right now we’re focused on the mandatory Influenza vaccine and will address the issue of the COVID-19 vaccine at a later time,” Allina Health spokesperson Tim Burke said in an email this week.

Health care providers in the U.S. and region face the same question of whether to require employee COVID-19 vaccinations that other employers do. But the up-close and personal nature of health care work makes for a unique point of consideration that employers in other industries may not need to contemplate.

Many hospitals already require employees to be vaccinated against more common diseases such as influenza. And some continued to require face masks and institute other coronavirus pandemic precautions even state and local restrictions were rolled back.

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