Lehigh Valley’s big health networks make employee COVID-19 vaccines mandatory

Written by on August 9, 2021

Lehigh Valley’s big health networks make employee COVID-19 vaccines mandatory

By Jim Deegan

August 9, 2021

LVHN front-line nurse Chantal Branco receives the first COVID-19 vaccine on December 17, 2020 through Emergency Use Authorization. LVHN Dr. Yozviak answered during Facebook Live.

ALLENTOWN, Pa. – The Lehigh Valley’s largest health care employers are making COVID-19 vaccines mandatory for their thousands of employees and others who conduct business with the organizations.

It includes Lehigh Valley Health Network, St. Luke’s University Health Network and Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network.

All three health systems issued a joint statement today saying the policy will be introduced shortly.

“Our health care systems continue to combat the ongoing COVID-19 virus and are committed to the safety of every patient in our care and every colleague on our team,” the CEOs said in a prepared statement.

“Being vaccinated is essential to save lives and finally end the pandemic,” they said. “Vaccines are a modern miracle and a triumph of modern medicine and unquestionably have proven to be extremely effective.”

The statement made no mention of a process for exemptions to the mandate.

The statement was attributed to LVHN President and CEO Dr. Brian Nester; LVHN President and CEO Rick Anderson; and Good Shepherd President and CEO Michael Spigel.

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