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IU Health to require employees to get COVID-19 vaccine

The health care system has previously required several vaccines as a condition of employment, including the flu vaccine since 2012.
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Cars drive in front of IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis on Thursday, May 13, 2021.

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana University Health announced Tuesday it will require all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Sept. 1.

"Vaccinating team members is a safe and effective way to protect patients and help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in facilities and in the community," the health care system said in a press release. "All COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the U.S. have been shown to be safe and highly effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19."

The health care system announced the news the same day drugmaker Moderna announced it had begun taking steps to get full approval for its COVID-19 vaccine from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Pfizer, whose vaccine has been authorized for emergency use in individuals 12 and older, began that process last month.

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Requiring employees to be vaccinated against certain illnesses is not a new practice for the system. It has previously required several other vaccinations as a condition of employment, including the flu vaccine since 2012.

Deferrals or exemptions based on medical or religious reasons will be considered. Those decisions will be made on an individual basis.

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