CONNECTICUT, USA — The Connecticut Hospital Association (CHA) announced on Thursday that it has adopted a statewide policy that endorses mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for hospital and health system employees and clinical staff.
“Hospitals are leaders in Connecticut’s response to the pandemic and we believe taking this step is in further support of public health and the safety of our patients and workforce,” observed Jennifer Jackson, CEO of the association. “The science is clear, vaccines are safe and effective, and are proving to be the best way to eliminate the spread of COVID-19 in our state.”
CHA officials said the endorsement of the policy is a reflection of the state's hospital's commitment to carry it out in their respective organizations. Officials added that state hospitals have cared for more than 36,000 COVID-19 patients in addition to setting up testing centers and administering vaccines to residents.
As of June 24, Connecticut has vaccinated over 2 million of its residents. Healthcare workers were among the first residents to be eligible for the vaccine.
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