HMSA joins other major healthcare organizations to make COVID-19 vaccine mandatory for workers

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – The Hawaii Medical Service Association on Monday announced a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for all current and future employees, joining several other local and national health organizations.

“The science is clearly showing that vaccines save lives,” Mark Mugiishi, president and CEO of HMSA, said in a statement. “As the delta variant continues to cause alarming increases in the number of COVID-19 cases here locally, we are making the decision to impose vaccines on our workforce. “

The vaccine’s mandate also extends to suppliers and contractors who come into contact with the HMSA workforce.

“This change will help keep our workplace, our workforce and our members safe, and will contribute to the larger effort to eliminate this threat from our community.”

Human Resources will review exemptions for medical or religious reasons on a case-by-case basis.

Exempt employees will be tested regularly.

The announcement comes as a growing number of large companies, both local and national, are also announcing vaccine mandates as the highly contagious delta variant continues to increase the number of cases.

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