Media Statement: OHA Board Approves Policy Statement on COVID-19 Vaccinations for Ohio Hospitals

COLUMBUS, OH (43215) – The Ohio Hospital Association Board of Trustees approved a policy statement recommending Ohio hospitals independently adopt policies requiring COVID-19 vaccination for employees and staff, with local factors determining whether, how and when such policies are implemented. Additionally, OHA strongly encourages all Ohioans, especially health care personnel, to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
 
OHA President and CEO Mike Abrams offers this statement:
 
“The COVID-19 delta variant is a game changer in our fight to overcome this pandemic. Low vaccination rates across Ohio and the country endangers not only the unvaccinated, which includes children under 12 years old and individuals who are immunocompromised, but invites continued mutations of even more dangerous strains of the virus to develop, putting the health of our communities at serious risk. Scientific evidence and real-world experience show COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. The science and the safety behind the vaccines are very encouraging and Ohio hospitals have engaged in education campaigns—both internal and external—demonstrating the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines. Hospital employee and staff vaccination against COVID-19 will help ensure the long-term ability of our health care system to respond to the pandemic and the continuation of vital health care services.”