NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) – Employees and volunteers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center had until the end of September to be fully immunized.
The hospital said more than 95% of the staff are vaccinated.
In early August, during the huge spike in COVID-19 cases, the medical center said it saw an increase in the number of cases not only for patients but also for its workforce.
Employees had nearly two months to be fully immunized or submit an exemption.
If they didn’t either, they were told they could lose their jobs.
For those vaccinated, this meant scheduling their first dose before September 1 and the second dose on September 15. VUMC administered the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines at 2 doses.
The 95% fully vaccinated comes from a mix of staff, faculty, fellows, house staff, medical providers with privileges at VUMC, students of VUMC’s allied health programs, nursing and medical school students, employees of Vanderbilt University, and students working in hospital buildings and volunteers.
âOur goal is to make this environment as safe as possible for patients and for you. Getting nearly everyone working at VUMC vaccinated is a giant leap towards that goal, âsaid VUMC President Dr Jeff Balser.