The Catholic Health Association on Friday joined the growing chorus of leading healthcare and health systems associations supporting or implementing employee vaccination mandates against COVID-19.
The CHA said it “strongly supports” members’ health systems as they take the necessary steps to ensure that as many health workers as possible get immunized. The organization’s announcement comes after dozens of providers and several associations backed vaccination mandates for healthcare workers.
“The alarming increase in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks due to the delta variant and vaccine reluctance is a stark reminder of the serious health threat the virus poses, especially to people elderly and people with underlying health problems, ”said Sister Mary Haddad. , CEO of CHA, said in a statement. “Escalating cases of COVID-19 also threaten our ability to be in fellowship with one another. Attending family reunions, visiting friends and praying together in safety are all of crucial importance to our individual and collective well-being. “
The states with the highest COVID-19 peaks in recent weeks are also the ones with the lowest vaccination rates, according to data from the Coronavirus Tracking Center at Johns Hopkins University.
The American Hospital Association announced Wednesday that it supports hospitals and health systems that require COVID-19 vaccines for their employees. The AHA represents nearly 5,000 hospitals and health systems.
Last week, the Association of American Medical Colleges urged its member medical schools and teaching hospitals to demand that their workers get vaccinated.
Individual healthcare providers have also announced their own mandates, including Atrium Health, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, Trinity Health in Livonia, Michigan, and Mass General Brigham of Boston.
CHA’s Haddad continued that the high level of vaccine reluctance creates the potential need to reinstate restrictions to stem the spread of the virus.
“By accepting the vaccine, Catholic health professionals working in hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities and in the community bear witness to Christ’s call to love one another,” a- she declared.
CHA members include more than 600 hospitals and 1,600 long-term care facilities and other health facilities.
Updated data from CMS shows that only 59% of nursing home and other long-term care staff in the United States are fully or partially vaccinated, even seven months after the first vaccines became available to them. medical providers.