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CoxHealth is the area's largest employer with 12,253 people on staff.
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CoxHealth is the area's largest employer with 12,253 people on staff.

CoxHealth to require vaccinations for employees

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CoxHealth today announced a universal COVID-19 vaccination requirement for its employees.

The decision followed this morning’s announcement of full U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

Under the change, all CoxHealth employees must have their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by Oct. 15, according to a news release. The policy applies to all physicians, vendors, students and employees on CoxHealth campuses. Spokesperson Kaitlyn McConnell said the health system has an application for employees seeking an exemption.

CoxHealth is the area's largest employer with 12,253 people on staff, according to Springfield Business Journal list research published in July.

The release from CoxHealth states that the move to universal vaccinations is the result of “vaccine safety, efficacy and full FDA approval.”

Physician leaders from CoxHealth made the decision, the release said, and it’s supported by CoxHealth’s COVID-19 Incident Command team, which includes medical directors, nurses and physician leaders, as well as the health system’s board of directors and administration.

“This decision is ultimately led by science, which has shown us that vaccinations are the way we can end this pandemic,” said Steve Edwards, president and CEO of CoxHealth.

Edwards added, “Ultimately, this decision has been made in support of our most urgent priority of protecting our employees, patients and community. We have seen great tragedy over the past 18 months: hundreds of lives lost due to COVID-19, even more left with long-term impacts and untold moments of pain for our employees and community due to this dreadful virus.”

Nearly 70% of CoxHealth employees already are vaccinated against COVID-19, as are more than 90% of its physicians, according to the release.

On July 7, Mercy Springfield Communities, announced its vaccine requirement, with all employees required to be vaccinated by Sept. 30 or face termination. Officials said exemptions would be granted for religious or medical reasons.

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user16263

Thanks to Cox Health for their continued leadership and dedication to our community.

Monday, August 23, 2021
whumbyrd

Shame on them. The White House staff has been exempted. The CDC employees has been exempted. The 2 MILLION plus 3rd world country illegals are exempted.

But YOU hard working, law biding, tax paying American citizens WILL be vaccinated or else! You can’t ask questions or censored! ! You can’t share any side affects with other citizens or censored! That goes for doctors and pharmacists as well! You doctors that are sitting and watching this but are too afraid to speak, shame on you. At 63, NEVER have we EVER responded to a virus like this! Never have I seen the Constitution shredded like its been the past year and a half! Paying hospitals for cases and deaths? I’m sure no one would misreport the numbers for money. Never have I heard of such a thing? Also, “Cases” mean nothing! Especially the “cases” the bogus PCR test produced. The FDA and CDC have both said it being pulled. Any doctors/pharmacists out there want to weigh in and tell me you were free to prescribe HCL and Ivermectin? Tell me what I’m missing? What happened to informed consent? When did it chamge to “shut up and shoot this into you”? This is what they do in communist countries. I’m just not ready to be a communist.

Tuesday, August 24, 2021
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