Jefferson Memorial Hospital is complying with a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) mandate requiring all staff to be vaccinated against Covid-19, CEO Ben Ridder said.

The hospital’s staff vaccination rate was already pushing 80 percent before the mandate, but employees were notified last week that full vaccination will now be a prerequisite for continued employment. December 5 is the CMS deadline for all medical providers to have a plan for vaccinating all eligible staff. First dose is also required by that date, and full vaccination of all workers is required by January 4, 2022.

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