The Nemours children’s health system will require employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, hospital officials said on Friday.
As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Delaware, the children’s hospital is the latest hospital to require employees to get vaccinated. Last month, ChristianaCare and Saint Francis Healthcare announced vaccination warrants.
Governor John Carney and the Department of Health have yet to announce a vaccine or indoor mask mandate. Dr Rick Hong, Medical Director of the Public Health Division, said The News Journal / Delaware Online that the state plans to do so.
Delaware’s infection rate has more than doubled in the past two weeks, reaching an all-time high since mid-May. The state confirmed 231 new cases on Aug.5, and hospital admissions rose to 71.
“Especially since not all children under 12 are still eligible for vaccination, the best way to protect the families of our patients and save lives in the communities we serve is to vaccinate those who are there. are eligible, ”said Maureen Leffler, welfare officer. officer, for Nemours Children’s Health, said in a statement.
All employees, barring approved waivers, must complete their second dose by Oct.6, officials said.
Wilmington Hospital has a current vaccination rate of 77%, a spokeswoman said.
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