Evangelical Community Hospital Announces Workforce COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

August 25, 2021


With surrounding counties experiencing substantial spread of COVID-19 and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) predictive data suggesting the potential for another surge this fall, Evangelical Community Hospital is taking steps to ensure the Hospital remains as safe as possible for its employees and its patients.

Effective October 4, 2021, all employees who remain unvaccinated against the virus will be subjected to daily testing.

“As a healthcare organization, we have an ethical responsibility to do whatever we can to ensure the health and wellness of the communities we serve,” said Kendra Aucker, President and CEO, Evangelical Community Hospital. “The best path to living up to that promise is to vaccinate as many people as possible. In conjunction, we need to monitor the spread among those in the workforce who choose not to be protected by the vaccine.”

Evangelical leadership will continue to monitor the situation and plans to adjust policies accordingly.

“We’re constantly watching trends both inside the Hospital and in the community,” said Aucker. “We will be revisiting this policy as conditions evolve, particularly now that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has fully approved the Pfizer vaccine and Moderna should soon follow.”

To further protect employees and patients, the Hospital recently re-instated masking requirements for all employees regardless of vaccination status and tightened visitor restrictions.

For more information on the Hospital’s COVID-19 response as well as information on vaccines, visit www.evanhospital.com/virus.

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