Atrium Health is the latest healthcare system to mandate all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19, the healthcare system said Thursday.
On the eve of the American Hospital Association, it supported demands for vaccinations of hospitals and health care workers. like the main hospitals in America…
The decision has contributed to a 200% increase in coronavirus-related hospitalizations – 99% for unvaccinated patients – at Atrium facilities, according to Charlotte, North Carolina-based Atrium Health.
“Because the new Delta variant is much more potent than the original virus, we believe it is important that each of our teammates get vaccinated to protect themselves, their families and the people in their care,” Atrium said in a statement. “We see this vaccine as nothing more than our requirement for our teammates to get an annual flu shot, as well as being vaccinated against measles, chickenpox and other infectious diseases.”
This healthcare giant employs more than 70,000 people in 42 hospitals, six stand-alone emergency departments, over 30 emergency centers and more than 1,500 practices in North Carolina and Georgia.