MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Regional One Health and Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare announced Monday that COVID-19 vaccinations will now be mandatory for all employees.
“As health care providers, we have a duty to play a part in addressing this public health crisis. As COVID-19 continues to spread throughout our community, requiring vaccinations for staff is the responsible next step to protect our patients, employees and community,” said Dr. Reginald Coopwood, president and CEO of Regional One Health.
Regional One and Methodist Le Bonheur join St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Veterans Administration hospital in Memphis calling for mandatory vaccines for employees.
Employees at both companies have until October 31 to get fully vaccinated.
“We know the vaccine is effective, and it dramatically reduces the spread of COVID-19. We are taking this proactive step as our community continues to be negatively impacted by this pandemic due in part to low vaccination adoption and the surging Delta variant,” added Dr. Coopwood. “I strongly encourage anyone who is still unvaccinated to join us in putting an end to this public health crisis.”
“From the very beginning of the pandemic, we have put care for patients at the forefront of everything we do,” added Michael Ugwueke, President and CEO of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare. “This new COVID-19 vaccine mandate is no exception. Just as we expect Associates and staff to receive a flu vaccine each year, this is a crucial step in helping to reduce new cases and deaths, and ensure a safe, healing environment for all who enter our doors.”