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UNC, Duke & other hospital systems requiring vaccinations for workers

UNC Health is one of several hospital systems to announce mandatory vaccinations for its workers.
UNC Health is one of several hospital systems to announce mandatory vaccinations for its workers.(UNC Health)
Published: Jul. 22, 2021 at 2:58 PM EDT
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RALEIGH, N.C. (WITN) - Two major hospital systems in the state told employees today that they must soon get a COVID-19 vaccine.

Duke University Health System and UNC Health announced the mandatory vaccinations in emails to their workers.

Both systems said employees must receive their vaccination by September 21st.

The announcement by UNC is for its owned hospitals but does not include managed hospitals like UNC Lenoir Health Care in Kinston, Wayne UNC Health Care in Goldsboro, or Nash UNC Health Care in Rocky Mount. A spokeswoman for UNC Lenoir said they will talk about a vaccination requirement, but don’t see making that move anytime soon.

It comes as other major hospital systems in the state, including Atrium Health, Cone Health, and Novant Health also announcing vaccine requirements.

Vidant Health in Greenville said while it is not announcing a vaccine requirement today, its leadership team, along with its infectious disease experts, “is urgently discussing when and how we will take this step.”

The North Carolina Healthcare Association today also gave its support of mandatory vaccination for hospital workers.

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