Saint Luke’s Health System is committed to the health and safety of our patients, visitors, and staff. Effective Nov. 1, 2021, full COVID-19 vaccination is a condition of employment for all SLHS employees.

Michael Jones was a healthy, 28-year-old veteran of the U.S. Army Reserves with no preexisting conditions. But now he's at home, recovering from COVID-19 after being admitted to Saint Luke's Hospital intensive-care unit.

He had not gotten the vaccination and his symptoms took a turn within days and he was admitted to Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City.

"COVID is not just here, but it is overwhelmingly here," Dr. Andrew Schlachter, a Saint Luke's pulmonologist and critical care physician. "We’re getting tired. We're getting overrun, and we don't need to have these numbers."

Dr. Schalchter shows images of how COVID-19 impacted Michael's lungs and Michael shares his story and his message to the community with KSHB.

 

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