More than 50 healthcare organizations request a vaccination mandate for healthcare workers
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – More than 50 healthcare organizations and medical groups, including the National Pharmaceutical Association, are urging every healthcare facility to demand that its employees get vaccinated.
The National Pharmaceutical Association is an organization of pharmacists committed to serving and promoting underserved pharmacy minorities.
The groups signed a joint statement on July 23 encouraging a vaccination mandate for healthcare workers in hospitals, clinics and long-term care facilities. Dr Ryan Marable, president of the NPA, said that due to the highly contagious delta variant, vaccination is the main way to put the pandemic behind us.
“The overall safety profile and efficacy and profile of the COVID-19 vaccine is there,” Marable said. “While there are still a few more steps to get this full approval through the FDA, we are at the point where we understand that something needs to be done and why not us, why not us, as professionals. health, to move forward. “
He says that if frontline healthcare workers get vaccinated, it will protect those who are unable to get vaccinated, such as children and immunocompromised patients.
“The original coronavirus was identified in 2002, so it may seem like it’s going really fast, but there has been tremendous due diligence to ensure this vaccine is safe and effective in treating people, so just get out there. and to lead by example and continue to educate underserved and under-represented populations across the country, ”explained Marable.
The American Medical Association and the American Nurses Association are other organizations pushing for a vaccination mandate for healthcare workers.
Locally, Tidelands Health is the only health care system to require the vaccine for its workers.