Saint Luke’s Health System has become the second local hospital network to require all of its employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Saint Luke’s noted that its decision follows what it called “a dramatic surge” in cases and hospitalizations across the Kansas City area, overwhelming hospital ICUs.

“Our job is to protect and care for the health of our patients. COVID-19 is spreading rapidly and is causing devastating loss,” Dr. Melinda L. Estes, president and CEO of Saint Luke’s, said in a news release. “As healthcare professionals, the most important action each of us can take to end this pandemic is to get vaccinated.”

The vaccine requirement applies to all Saint Luke’s employees, affiliated staff and contractors, students and volunteers. Anyone granted an exemption will have to undergo weekly COVID testing and monitoring.

Read the full KCUR article: Saint Luke's Becomes Second Local Hospital System To Require COVID-19 Vaccinations For All Workers

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