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  • Writer's pictureD. Brit

The VA Now Requires Covid-19 Vaccinations for Health Care Workers

What Happened:

  • On Monday, the Department of Veterans Affairs became the first major federal agency to require that their health care workers get Covid-19 vaccines. The mandatory vaccinations will cover specific medical personnel including physicians, dentists, podiatrists, optometrists, registered nurses, physician assistants and others who work in departmental facilities or provide direct care to veterans.

  • The move comes as the more virulent Delta variant spreads throughout the nation leading to yet another uptick in new Covid cases and hospitalizations.

  • The move also comes on the same day that 60 medical and health care organizations called for health care facilities to require that their workers get vaccinated.

  • Although vaccination among physicians is very high (estimated at 96% according to an AMA survey), it is much lower for people working at health care facilities, for example, only about 60% of staffers working at nursing care facilities have been vaccinated.

Photo Source: US Dept. of Veterans Affairs

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