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Push grows for vaccine requirement at Oregon hospitals – Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon 2021-07-20 17:17:38 –

OHAHHS wants hospitals to be treated like any other employer

File – In this March 19, 2021 file photo, a nurse fills a syringe with the COVID-19 vaccine (AP Photo / Orlin Wagner, file).

Portland, Oregon (KOIN) — The Oregon Hospital Health Systems Association wants to promote legislation that requires state legislators to vaccinate hospital workers.

Since 1989, Oregon law has prohibited medical facilities from requiring employees to be vaccinated.

OHAHHS’s Dave Northfield said he believes the requirements can be implemented in Oregon without changing the law.

“Hospitals suggest that individual hospitals have the privilege of requiring staff to be vaccinated,” he said on Tuesday. “We want individual hospitals to have choices, like all other employers in Oregon.”

In response to the group’s plans, the Oregon Department of Health responded, “Vaccination is a personal choice, and state and public health authorities work with healthcare providers to vaccinate as many Oregians as possible, including medical staff. I’m doing it, and for all. “

“We continue to explore all options,” OHA said.

At the adjacent Peace Health Medical Center in Vancouver, Washington, approximately 75% of staff are vaccinated. 4 workers Infected by a recent outbreak in a hospital 14 According to PeaceHealth, only one of them was vaccinated.

There is no state law in Washington that prohibits hospitals from developing staff vaccination requirements, but no hospital has such an obligation.

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