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Mercy Iowa City to require COVID-19 vaccinations for staff

Outside of the emergency room at Mercy Iowa City on Thursday, April 23, 2020. (Aaron...
Outside of the emergency room at Mercy Iowa City on Thursday, April 23, 2020. (Aaron Scheinblum/KCRG)(KCRG)
Published: Sep. 22, 2021 at 10:10 AM CDT
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IOWA CITY, Iowa (KCRG) - Mercy Iowa City announced it will require all staff, including contractors, students, volunteers and anyone else conducting business at its hospital and clinics to be vaccinated for COVID-19 by December 20.

It comes after President Biden signed an executive order requiring all health care facilities receiving Medicare or Medicaid reimbursement to require COVID-19 vaccination for staff.

“As a community hospital, we have a responsibility to protect our community, and this begins with protecting our colleagues,” said Mike Trachta, acting president and CEO of Mercy Iowa City. “Requiring colleagues to be vaccinated against COVID-19 will help protect our patients, many of whom are most vulnerable to COVID-19.”

Mercy Iowa City said anyone who is not able to be vaccinated for medical reasons, or for strongly held religious beliefs, will be able to apply for an exemption.

For more information on COVID-19 vaccines here.

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