Cone Health to Require COVID-19 Vaccination for All Employees
The announcement comes at the recommendation of the North Carolina Healthcare Association.
Greensboro— At the recommendation of the North Carolina Healthcare Association, Cone Health will require COVID-19 vaccination for all employees, medical and dental staff, professional students and volunteers, effective July 30. Team members have until Oct. 1 to comply with the requirement and must submit proof of vaccination by Oct. 8.
This decision comes as the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, now makes up 83% of all COVID-19 cases in the U.S. In North Carolina, it accounts for 50-60% of cases. That figure will likely increase to 95% by the beginning of August.
Cone Health joins four other North Carolina health care systems as an “early adopter” of this requirement. The COVID-19 vaccine has been proven to be safe and effective, and the decision to require it for all employees reflects Cone Health’s commitment to caring for our patients, each other and our communities.
“I sincerely believe that this decision is absolutely the right thing to do for our patients and the communities we serve,” said Cone Health CEO Mary Jo Cagle, MD. “Vaccination is critically important in health care settings. It is one way that we ensure a safe environment for all members of our community.”
This is rapidly becoming a pandemic of the unvaccinated, as more than 97% of individuals who are being hospitalized for COVID-19 are unvaccinated. An astonishing 99.2% of COVID-19-related deaths are among people who have not been vaccinated, including four unvaccinated health care workers in North Carolina.