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MetroHealth Requires Employees and Staff to be Vaccinated Against COVID by October 30

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The MetroHealth System joins the American Medical Association, American Nurses Association, American Hospital Association, Ohio Hospital Association and other organizations that have recently urged hospitals to require vaccinations.

MetroHealth is requiring employees, including contractors and volunteers, to receive COVID-19 vaccinations for the safety of our patients by October 30, 2021.

With hundreds of millions of doses of vaccine administered since late last year, hospital leaders are fully confident the vaccines are safe, effective and our best protection against this dangerous virus.

“Protecting caregivers against COVID-19 is the right thing to do,” said MetroHealth President and CEO Akram Boutros, MD. “Our profession has been hailed as heroic because we were there when there was no protection from this disease. We cared for people and put ourselves at risk. We don’t have to do that anymore. We can and have to take care of our patients and ourselves.”

MetroHealth has worked for months to educate the community and our caregivers about vaccine safety and made vaccines readily available. More than 80 percent of MetroHealth’s staff is already vaccinated.

Vaccine requirements for health care employees are nothing new. MetroHealth already requires annual flu vaccinations, as well as measles, mumps and rubella vaccinations as a condition of employment.

Like the flu vaccine, there will be exceptions for those who cannot be vaccinated for medical or religious reasons.

“We stand united to keep our patients, staff, and community safe by giving the best protection possible against COVID-19,” said Amy Ray, MD, Medical Director of Infection Prevention. “Every employee in our organization deserves the greatest protection available so that every patient who crosses our doors can be assured of safety.”

All new and current employees must be fully vaccinated or receive a medical or religious exemption by October 30. Like with the flu vaccine, those who refuse the vaccine, will be subject to disciplinary actions, including termination.

We are committed to caring for the health and wellbeing of our community and caregivers as we work to bring the COVID-19 pandemic to an end.

About The MetroHealth System

The MetroHealth System is redefining health care by going beyond medical treatment to improve the foundations of community health and well-being: affordable housing, a cleaner environment, economic opportunity and access to fresh food, convenient transportation, legal help and other services. The system strives to become as good at preventing disease as it is at treating it.

The system’s more than 600 doctors, 1,700 nurses and 7,800 employees go to work each day with a mission of service, to their patients and to the community. As Cuyahoga County’s safety-net health system, MetroHealth plays an essential role in the region, caring for anyone and everyone, regardless of an ability to pay.

Founded in 1837, MetroHealth operates four hospitals, four emergency departments and more than 20 health centers and 40 additional sites throughout Cuyahoga County. The system serves more than 300,000 patients, two-thirds of whom are uninsured or covered by Medicare or Medicaid.

MetroHealth is home to Cuyahoga County’s most experienced Level I Adult Trauma Center, verified since 1992, and Ohio’s only adult and pediatric trauma and burn center.

As an academic medical center, MetroHealth is committed to research and to teaching and training tomorrow’s caregivers. Each active staff physician holds a faculty appointment at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Its main campus hospital houses the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s Lincoln-West School of Science & Health, the only high school in America located inside a hospital.

Knowing that good health is about much more than good medical care, MetroHealth has launched the Institute for H.O.P.E.™ (Health, Opportunity, Partnership, Empowerment), which uses a coordinated, collaborative and strategic approach to help patients with non-medical needs such as healthy food, stable housing and job training.

The MetroHealth Glick Center, a new 11-floor hospital, is under construction on the system’s main campus in Cleveland and is scheduled to welcome its first patients in October 2022. The billion-dollar project is the cornerstone of a wider neighborhood revitalization effort led by the system and its partners in the community.

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