McKenzie County Healthcare Systems Lifts COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate For Staff
December 8, 2021 | View PDF
After a federal judge ordered a nationwide pause on CMS' COVID-19 vaccine mandate for healthcare workers, area hospitals have followed suit.
McKenzie County Healthcare Systems (MCHS) lifted the mandate for its workers. They hope that this will help retain current staff.
“With the Missouri Federal Court halting the vaccination mandate the McKenzie County Healthcare Systems, Inc. is doing nothing different than was being done prior to the mandate. While the administration and the medical providers believe in the benefits of vaccination, we also respect that some individuals elect to not be vaccinated,” Dr. Daniel R. Kelly, MCHS Chief Executive Officer said..
With a nationwide shortage of healthcare workers, it remains to be seen whether the stance taken by MCHS will enhance our ability to recruit staff.
Currently less than 5% of MCHS workforce have either not received the initial dose of vaccine or obtained a medical or religious exemption.
“We are certain that with the lifting of the mandate it will allow us to retain current staff at a time when across the nation there is a shortage of healthcare workers,” explained Dr. Kelly.
As a facility, MCHS supports the freedom of individuals to make a choice.