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Published on October 11, 2021

Nearly All Cone Health Staff Accept Vaccine Requirement

All but 68 team members have met the obligation to protect the safety of their patients and each other.


More than 99% of Cone Health team members have taken the important step to comply with the hospital system’s COVID-19 vaccination requirement for all staff.

The announcement comes as more than 90% of people hospitalized with COVID-19 nationwide are unvaccinated. This decision reflects Cone Health’s commitment to protecting the health and safety of patients, team members and the communities it serves, says Cone Health CEO Dr. Mary Jo Cagle.

“We know that this was not an easy decision for some of our team members,” Cagle says. “We respect diversity of thought and religious beliefs, and we are grateful that so many of our dedicated staff have decided to remain a vital part of our team, as we continue to make patient health and safety our top priority.”

Of Cone Health’s 13,000 team members, 68 chose not to receive the vaccine and therefore have voluntarily left the organization.

Team members were given until Oct. 1 to receive the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, or the first dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. All staff were required to provide proof of vaccination by Oct. 7.

Those who have received the first dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine still have until Oct. 28 to receive their second dose.