Ochsner Health, Louisiana’s largest healthcare system, announced a mandatory vaccination requirement for all its physicians, providers and employees by Oct. 29.
The announcement comes a day after the US Food and Drug Administration granted full approval of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine.
According to the healthcare system, approximately 69% of Ochsner Health employees are currently vaccinated.
“Ochsner cares for physically vulnerable people, and we have an ethical obligation to protect them,” Chief Medical Officer Dr. Robert Hart said.
The vaccination mandate includes all leaders, physicians, employees and new hires and applies to clinical and corporate full-time and part-time workers at Ochsner Health-owned facilities. In addition all vendors, medical and allied health students, contract employees, PRN, agency nurses and volunteers will also be required to demonstrate proof of vaccination before working at an Ochsner Health campus.
As of Tuesday afternoon, Ochsner has 979 Covid-19 patients hospitalized across its system, 151 of whom are on ventilators. Twenty of the system’s Covid-19 patients are pediatric patients, Ochsner Health said.