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MaineHealth joins growing list of providers to require employees to get COVID-19 vaccine

MaineHealth joins growing list of providers to require employees to get COVID-19 vaccine

MaineHealth will terminate anyone not vaccinated by Oct. 1

MaineHealth, the largest private employer in Maine, announced Tuesday it will require all employees in its system to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Their announcement came a day after Northern Light Health said all of its employees would be required to get vaccinated once the vaccine gets full approval from the FDA.MaineHealth said that any employee, with very few exceptions, not vaccinated by Oct. 1, 2021, will be terminated. The goal is to limit the spread of COVID-19, especially as the delta variant spreads.“The vaccines are very effective, and are preventing hospitalizations and health complications with COVID-19. In addition, the vaccines are proven safe – we have a full year of data from the clinical trials and almost 200 million Americans have received a COVID-19 vaccination,” said Dora-Anne Mills M.D., chief health improvement officer of MaineHealth. “To be consistent with our values and to protect our colleagues, families, patients and communities, we believe it is paramount that all care team members be vaccinated.”As of late July, 83.8% of all MaineHealth care team members were fully vaccinated. That included 87.4% of employees at Maine Medical Center in Portland. MaineHealth said that, as with non-state mandated vaccines, bona fide medical and religious exemptions will be considered.

MaineHealth, the largest private employer in Maine, announced Tuesday it will require all employees in its system to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Their announcement came a day after Northern Light Health said all of its employees would be required to get vaccinated once the vaccine gets full approval from the FDA.

MaineHealth said that any employee, with very few exceptions, not vaccinated by Oct. 1, 2021, will be terminated. The goal is to limit the spread of COVID-19, especially as the delta variant spreads.

“The vaccines are very effective, and are preventing hospitalizations and health complications with COVID-19. In addition, the vaccines are proven safe – we have a full year of data from the clinical trials and almost 200 million Americans have received a COVID-19 vaccination,” said Dora-Anne Mills M.D., chief health improvement officer of MaineHealth. “To be consistent with our values and to protect our colleagues, families, patients and communities, we believe it is paramount that all care team members be vaccinated.”

As of late July, 83.8% of all MaineHealth care team members were fully vaccinated. That included 87.4% of employees at Maine Medical Center in Portland.

MaineHealth said that, as with non-state mandated vaccines, bona fide medical and religious exemptions will be considered.

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