SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Mercy Hospital in Springfield made national headlines with its new staff vaccination policy. Hear from healthcare officials on the facilities’ strong stance on the COVID-19 vaccine in the video above.
Mercy has updated this requirement as the Delta variant continues to spread rapidly across the region.
“What we are seeing aligns with the Associated Press analysis of CDC data,” said Dr. John Mohart, Mercy’s senior vice president of clinical services. “More than 95% of recent hospitalizations across the U.S. are people who aren’t vaccinated. The data is clear. Vaccination is key to saving lives.”
“This is really to protect our co-workers, it’s an investment in our co-workers, an investment in our patients to ensure we are providing the very best protection,” said Brent Hubbard, the CEO of Mercy. “As a healthcare provider, we should expect that of ourselves.”
Across the Mercy network, there are 40,000 employees. The Mercy staff with vaccination is at 75%, and 25% are not vaccinated.
“It is essential that we take these steps in order to protect the health of our co-workers and our patients at Mercy,” said Dr. William Sistrunk, Mercy infectious disease specialist.