Nearly 60 medical groups, including the American Medical Association sign a joint statement calling on employers to make COVID-19 vaccines mandatory for health professionals
- In a joint statement on Monday, 57 medical groups called on employers to make COVID-19 vaccines mandatory for all health workers
- The groups say requiring health professionals to get vaccinated will protect both patients and vulnerable groups such as immunocompromised people
- Houston Methodist was the first health system to mandate vaccines earlier this year and has since been joined by dozens of others
- Daily vaccinations have fallen to less than 500,000 a day, while daily cases have increased by 291% in three weeks from 13,305 to 52,116
Dozens of medical groups are calling on employers to make COVID-19 vaccines mandatory for all health workers.
In a joint statement 57 organizations – including the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Physicians and the National League for Nursing – noted that the number of cases in the US is increasing due to the spread of the Indian ‘Delta’ variant among unvaccinated populations.
We call on all healthcare and long-term care employers to require their employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
“The health and safety of American workers, families, communities and the nation depends on it.”
The groups add that mandating vaccines will help protect not only patients, but also vulnerable people, including unvaccinated children and immunocompromised people.
It’s because several health systems across the country are requiring their employees to be vaccinated or at risk of being fired.
In a joint statement on Monday, 57 medical groups called on employers to make COVID-19 vaccines mandatory for all health workers. pictured:
Several experts and institutions have issued statements supporting all health workers to be vaccinated, but the joint statement is the largest to date.
“While we recognize that some workers cannot be vaccinated for identified medical reasons and should be exempted from a mandate, they are a small minority of all workers,” the statement said.
“Employers should consider applicable state laws on a case-by-case basis.”
The statement marks the first time many of these groups have called for a mandate as the vaccination rate drops from 3.5 million a day in April to just 500,000 a day in July.
Meanwhile, the US registered 15,711 new cases with a seven-day moving average of 52,116, which is a 291 percent increase from the average of 13,305 recorded three weeks ago, according to a Johns Hopkins analysis by DailyMail.com.
The federal government’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruled in December 2020 that employers can set legally mandated vaccine requirements for their employees.
Houston Methodist Hospital in Texas became the first in the US to impose a vaccine requirement for the coronavirus in April.
More than 150 workers resigned or were fired at the end of June after refusing to receive the vaccine.
Since then, several major academic centers, such as NewYork-Presbyterian and Yale New Haven, and major chains such as Trinity Health have imposed vaccine mandates.
New York City will also require that all health workers in city-run hospitals be vaccinated or tested weekly.
However, many medical workers remain reluctant to get vaccinated.
According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), only 58.4 percent of nursing home workers are fully vaccinated.
This is about the same as the overall percentage of fully vaccinated adults in the US, but significantly lower than the 81.3 percent of residents who have been vaccinated.
An analysis by WebMD and Medscape Medical News found that one in four hospital workers who have direct contact with patients had not been vaccinated by the end of May.
dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, a bioethicist from the University of Pennsylvania, told The Washington Post that boosting inclusion among health professionals could increase the number of people in the general population.
“Despite everything — flattery, making access readily available at any pharmacy, making it free, making the president beg — none of this really put the needle into the nation,” he said.
“One of the things people spoke to was, ‘Look, we’re the medical community. This is a health problem.’ We must lead – and we must have the courage of our convictions.’