Most Stark healthcare professionals comply with the COVID-19 vaccine mandate
Most Stark healthcare professionals comply with the COVID-19 vaccine mandate

Most Stark healthcare professionals comply with the COVID-19 vaccine mandate

Only a handful of staff in Stark County’s major hospital systems chose to remain unvaccinated when this week’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate went into effect across the state.

Across the system, 99 percent of staff at both Aultman Hospital and the Cleveland Clinic system, which includes Mercy Hospital in Stark County, comply with the COVID-19 vaccination requirement set by a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Directive and confirmed by the US Supreme Court last month.

Health systems that do not comply with the mandate may risk fines or, as a last resort, termination from Medicare and Medicaid participation.

According to Missi Steepleton, CEO of Marketing and Corporate Communications at Aultman Hospital, only 36 out of 7,000 Aultman employees are incompatible.

“We understand that some of our colleagues disagree and are upset by the vaccine mandate set by the CMS,” Steepleton said. “But like 76,000 other healthcare facilities across the country, we are bound by CMS rules and requirements.”

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