OLOL team members now required to get Covid-19 vaccine by the end of the year


“People cannot feel safe just because they’ve had the two doses. They still need to protect themselves,” said one WHO official. (Getty Images)

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – The Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System is announcing that “its organization it will require the Covid-19 vaccine for all team members, employed providers, residents, students in clinical rotations, contract staff, and volunteers.”

That means anyone who works at Our Lady of the Lake will have to get the vaccine.

The cut-off date for the everyone to be vaccinated is December 2021.

The Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System released this statement with more details about the decision:

We have listened to our team members and physicians as well as tracked the rapid progress of this fourth surge to reach this decision. Throughout the pandemic, our teams have risen to the calling to care for those who need them. We continue that now but already we are straining to meet the demand. It is predicted that we have several weeks and possibly months before we reach the peak of this surge. We must act now to protect each other from spreading the delta variant and protect vulnerable patients from exposure. Vaccines are the best means of accomplishing this and more important than ever as the lasting step to end this pandemic. We should not wait any longer. Our health system is not alone in its decision to require a vaccine and joins many other healthcare organizations and expect others to follow. As a healthcare leader we believe we must take this step now for everyone’s safety and long-term community well-being. There’s never been a more important time to demonstrate, by example, our responsibility to one another and all those we serve.

Richard R. Vath, M.D., President and CEO

This comes one day after Governor Edwards issued a mask mandate until September 1.

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