Kaiser Permanente mandates COVID-19 vaccines
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - COVID-19 vaccines will be mandatory for all Kaiser Permanente employees and physicians.
The health care organization made the announcement on Monday. They say it’s part of their “ongoing effort to protect the health and safety of its workforce, members, patients, and communities.”
“Large groups of unvaccinated people are fueling the current increase in cases and 97-99 percent of COVID-19 hospital admissions are unvaccinated patients,” said Greg Adams, chair and chief executive officer of Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plan.
According to Kaiser Permanente, as of July 31, 78 percent of its employees and more than 95 percent of Permanente Medical Group physicians have been fully vaccinated. The organization has set a target date of Sept. 30 to have a fully vaccinated workforce.
Unvaccinated employees and physicians will be required to become fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or apply for medical or religious exemption.
Employees will be provided more education on the safety and efficacy of the vaccine. They will also receive paid administrative time to get vaccinated on Kasier Permanente’s on-site vaccination clinics.
The Kaiser Permanente organization has more than 216,000 employees and more than 23,000 medical group physicians.
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