CLEVELAND — Editor's note: Video at the top of this story was originally published in a previous COVID vaccine article on Nov. 10, 2021.
In accordance with federal mandates, the Cleveland Clinic tells 3News they are requiring all of their U.S. employees and those who provide services within their system to receive the COVID-19 vaccine by Jan. 4, 2022.
Those who are not fully vaccinated by that deadline and do not have a religious or medical exemption that can be accommodated “will no longer be able to work for us.”
“In anticipation of this rule, we had enacted a COVID-19 Vaccine Validation Program to collect the vaccination status of all of our caregivers throughout our U.S. locations,” a Cleveland Clinic official told 3News on Friday. “We are proud that the majority of our caregivers are already vaccinated, and we are encouraging those who are not yet vaccinated to receive their vaccine as quickly as possible.”
The Clinic says this mandate comes as vaccine requirements were recently announced for healthcare systems regulated by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
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