Based on recommendations from 56 healthcare organizations – including the Ohio Hospital Association, the American Medical Association, and the American Nurses Association – as well as local medical experts and scientists, the Southern Ohio Medical Center requires that all employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by September 17. .
Several other hospitals have already taken this step, including OhioHealth, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and Wexner Medical Center at Ohio State University. SOMC made this decision after carefully weighing the pros and cons and seeking the advice of staff.
“We have seen an increase in cases of COVID-19, including in people between the ages of 30 and 50,” said pulmonologist Dr Elie Saab. “The virus doesn’t make a difference based on politics, race or religion. It can affect all of us, so it is important for everyone in our community that we lead by example by getting vaccinated. It’s not just about your own health. It is about the health of everyone around you.
Infectious disease specialist Dr David Byers agrees. “As healthcare providers, being fully immunized is a matter of patient safety. Our patients, especially those who are immunocompromised, deserve to know that they are entering a facility where we have all taken the necessary steps to protect them from this disease.
Employees with medical, religious or strong belief objections will be eligible for exemptions, but must be tested for COVID-19 twice a week until the virus is no longer considered a cause of concern.
More than 300 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered across the country. The evidence is overwhelming that it is safe and effective. A Cleveland Clinic study found that fully vaccinated individuals account for less than one percent of COVID-related deaths and hospitalizations since January 1, 2021. Additionally, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is also has no evidence that the vaccine causes serious side effects over time such as infertility, infertility or death. Most of the side effects of the vaccine start to go away within 24 hours. The most common side effects are headache and a mild fever.
According to recent data from the Mayo Clinic, Scioto County is one of the most important hot beds for COVID-19 in the state. The county’s per capita infection rate is three times the state average. The vaccines are currently available for free at SOMC community pharmacies in Portsmouth, Wheelersburg and West Union, or any local COVID-19 vaccine supplier.