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All employees of BJC Healthcare and Washington University will be required to get the COVID-19 vaccine by September 15 or face possible suspension or termination. That’s the word handed down on Tuesday in a move the company called important for the future safety of workers and patients. Nearly 30-thousand people are employed by BJC in St. Louis and southern Illinois, including at Alton Memorial Hospital.
The company says about 75-percent of employees have received the COVID-19 shot, and BJC already requires employees to receive vaccines for the flu, whooping cough, chicken pox and measles. Exceptions can be made on a case-by-case basis for medical or religious reasons. None of the other larger healthcare employers in the St. Louis region, including OSF Healthcare, SSM Health, Mercy, or St. Luke’s Hospital have officially stated plans for requiring the COVID-19 vaccine but some are looking into the possibility.