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Friday, July 9, 2021

Deadline set for employees at five Iowa hospitals to get Covid-19 shots

[Radio Iowa]

Employees at five Catholic hospitals in Iowa must get the Covid vaccine by this fall.

Employees and contractors hired to work at MercyOne hospitals in Clinton, Dyersville, Dubuque, Mason City and Sioux City must show proof they've been vaccinated by Septemer 21st. The mandate comes from Trinity Health, the parent company for 90 U.S. hospitals. The company estimates nearly 75% of its national workforce has had at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. Trinity Health's president says now that there's a proven way to prevent Covid-19 deaths, the health system is doing its part by requiring employees get vaccinated.

The new Iowa law that has banned so-called "vaccine passports" prevents Iowa governments from issuing ID cards showing a person's vaccination history. It did not, however, forbid hospitals and other Iowa businesses from mandating that employees get a Covid-19 shot.

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