Vancouver Clinic said Thursday that it will join the growing ranks of local medical providers requiring their employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
“The delta variant has placed our patients, clinicians, staff and families at increased risk,” according to a statement from Chief Medical Officer Dr. Alfred Seekamp. “We know the best protection against the delta variant is vaccination and masks. As a health care organization owned and led by physicians, we have a core responsibility to protect our patients, our families and one another.”
Eighty percent of Vancouver Clinic’s employees are already fully vaccinated. Those not vaccinated will have until Sept. 15 to comply with the new policy, which is a condition of employment.
Many other local health care providers recently have decided to require staff to be immunized, including PeaceHealth, Kaiser Permanente and Legacy Health.