STATE MUST PROTECT PATIENTS BY ENDING PROHIBITION ON MANDATORY VACCINES FOR HEALTH CARE WORKERS
Lake Oswego, Ore. – July 14, 2021 – Becky Hultberg, President and CEO of the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems, released the following statement regarding newly released data on vaccination rates among health care workers in Oregon.
“As the number of hospitals and health systems requiring COVID-19 vaccination for employees continues to grow across the U.S., here in Oregon we can’t even have the conversation. Ensuring health care workers are vaccinated protects vulnerable patients, visitors, and coworkers. It is unconscionable to leave tools on the table during a global pandemic. It’s well past time for state leaders to address this misguided policy.”
Nationwide, more than 30 health systems and hospital associations have backed vaccine mandates for their workers. Countries around the globe – including Italy, France, and Greece – have instituted mandatory vaccines for health care workers. Oregon law prohibits requiring health care workers to be vaccinated as a condition of employment. The Oregon Health Authority could write a rule ending this prohibition, or the Legislature could pass a new law.
About OAHHS: Founded in 1934, OAHHS is a statewide, nonprofit trade association that works closely with local and national government leaders, business and citizen coalitions, and other professional health care organizations to enhance and promote community health and to continue improving Oregon’s innovative health care delivery system.