Medical schools and teaching hospitals should require their workers to get the COVID-19 vaccine, the Association of American Medical Colleges told its members Friday.
Unvaccinated Americans account for an overwhelming majority of new COVID-19 hospitalizations, said Dr. David Skorton, CEO of the association, adding that the virus continues to mutate. States with the highest spikes in new cases also have some of the country’s lowest vaccination rates, according to data from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine’s Coronavirus Tracking Center.
“In light of the alarming resurgence in COVID-19 infections, the AAMC urges its member institutions to require vaccinations for their employees with the goal of protecting our patients and healthcare personnel nationwide,” Skorton said in prepared remarks. “Vaccinating health care personnel at our member institutions saves lives.”
On June 30, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology supported providers that are requiring employees to be vaccinated against