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(AUSTIN, Texas – July 29, 2021) – The following is a statement from Ted Shaw, Texas Hospital Association president/CEO, on the issue of mandatory COVID-19 vaccine policies for hospital personnel.
“Hospitals are a place of healing and safety, above all else. The Texas Hospital Association strongly urges health care personnel to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect their patients, their communities and themselves. Hospitals also must be able to adopt mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policies for their personnel.
“Health care workers were among the first in line to be vaccinated, and hospitals worked around the clock to vaccinate their staff and communities. After months of bravely fighting the pandemic, health care workers now face mounting hospitalizations – largely among unvaccinated patients. COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths are largely preventable. Vaccines have the power to stop COVID-19 in its tracks. And we all must work together to ensure that every eligible person is vaccinated.”
Read more about Texas hospitals’ and COVID-19 at www.tha.org/COVID-19.
Founded in 1930, the Texas Hospital Association is the leadership organization and principal advocate for the state’s hospitals and health care systems. Based in Austin, THA enhances its members’ abilities to improve accessibility, quality and cost-effectiveness of health care for all Texans. One of the largest hospital associations in the country, THA represents 452 of the state’s non-federal general and specialty hospitals and health care systems, which employ some 400,000 health care professionals statewide. Learn more about THA at www.tha.org or follow THA on Twitter at https://twitter.com/texashospitals.