Frederick Health system, which has been in the forefront of the battle against the COVID-19 virus in our community, is being flexible with its employees concerning the need to be vaccinated against the virus.

The health care system announced this week that it will require all new employees, medical staff members and volunteers to be vaccinated against COVID-19, starting in August.

However, current staff members, including those who have medical or religious exemptions or are waiting full federal approval to the vaccines, will be allowed to continue working with certain conditions.

Any employee not vaccinated by Sept. 1 will be required to follow what the system calls “enhanced infection control procedures,” including wearing a mask, following social distancing guidelines and providing a negative COVID-19 test result to their supervisor every two weeks.

It is no more unusual for a hospital or medical facility to require staff to take the vaccine than it is for them to undergo annual tests for tuberculosis. It is just part of the deal.

Frederick Health officials said that as of Tuesday, about 73 percent of the system’s 3,700 employees were fully vaccinated. That’s great, but it still leaves almost one in four staff members unvaccinated.

That can be a worrisome number for patients who want to be protected from the virus but may not be for many reasons. Some have received the vaccine but have developed antibodies because they are undergoing some medical treatment. Others are immunocompromised and are unable to take the vaccine. They are at the mercy of all of the rest of us.

Since they are already battling illness, they have a higher than average chance of showing up to the hospital. If they do, they may worry that the doctor, nurse or technician taking care of them has not been vaccinated.

Some of Maryland’s largest hospitals and health systems announced last week that their employees would be required to be vaccinated by the fall as a “condition of employment.”

The news website DCist reported that the University of Maryland Medical System plans to fully mandate the shots when coronavirus vaccines are given full approval by the Food and Drug Administration, rather than the current emergency use authorization.

On June 9, the Maryland Hospital Association — which advocates for Maryland’s 60 nonprofit hospitals and health systems — announced that its members had each agreed to set a date after which vaccination against COVID-19 would be mandatory.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said in May that employers could require their employees to get vaccinated, so long as they made “reasonable accommodations” for workers who didn’t get the shot because of religious beliefs, a disability or pregnancy.

Frederick Health rolled out its COVID-19 testing program early last year, and it has been working hard to get as many people in our community vaccinated as possible, aggressively promoting its program that began in mid-December.

Officials know well that the vaccine must be widely adopted if society is to be successful in defeating the virus. As Tom Kleinhanzl, FHH president and CEO, said in a release: “Vaccines are the best tool to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and help bring a swift end to this pandemic.”

The health system is going to have to continue to work hard to convince as many of its employees as possible agree to take the vaccine. At some point it may be necessary to make it a condition of employment for almost everyone who must interact with patients.

As the system’s president correctly stated in his news release: “Frederick Health’s highest obligation is to the safety, health, and welfare of our most vulnerable patients.”

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artandarchitecture

FREDERICK HEALTH SYSTEM,

Please take note:

6/16/2021 Majority of Physicians Decline COVID Shots,

according to Survey of 700 physicians by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS)

https://aapsonline.org/majority-of-physicians-decline-covid-shots-according-to-survey/

Snyder

AAPS represents a very small minority of doctors and has spent decades in court trying to stop any government institution from regulating medical care. The vast majority of doctors belong to the AMA, and that organization fully supports Covid vaccination.

https://www.ama-assn.org/delivering-care/public-health/covid-19-vaccine-development

dtwigg

Context is very important. "Of the 700 physicians responding to an internet survey by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS), nearly 60 percent said they were not “fully vaccinated” against COVID.

This contrasts with the claim by the American Medical Association that 96 percent of practicing physicians are fully vaccinated. This was based on 300 respondents.

Neither survey represents a random sample of all American physicians, but the AAPS survey shows that physician support for the mass injection campaign is far from unanimous."

dtwigg

BTW - aaps is basically a Tea Party Club for medical professionals based in AZ. That's all that needs to be said.

shiftless88

artie lives in a fascinating world of make believe

Greg F

Snake oil sales…

Greg F

And that is a bunch of morons and quacks.

Greg F

Artie is gonna start a new hair and called Twisted Statistics.

Greg F

Hair band.

DickD

Exceptions of disability and pregnancy makes sense; religious beliefs don't!

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Brookhawk

So you don't want to get a vaccine. Why are you trying so hard to make sure other people don't get them?

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Greg F

[ban]

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Greg F

Artie, your claim on animals dropping dead is debunked garbage entirely. Please cite your sources. You won't...because they are total crap sources. We all know it...that's how you operate. Artie should be banned for spewing nonsense over and over and over again. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/factcheck/2021/05/20/fact-check-pfizer-moderna-j-j-tested-covid-19-vaccines-animals/5162426001/

jth7100

A&A would need to stand up to find those links.

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MD1756

This type of thought process just seems to indicate that allowing everyone to vote is not necessarily a good thing. Although it can probably never be done, I wish there was some test that could be developed to weed out those who are incapable of logical thought from voting. Those on the low end of the job skills may be "medical professionals" such as the aides for the elderly and and even some that provide in home nursing services, but that doesn't mean they have advanced degrees. For example, LPNs generally only need a high school diploma or GED.

Certainly someone who wants to talk about risks would do well to understand something about statistics. One should also provide valid citations from reasonably believable sources if one wants their opinions taken seriously.

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shiftless88

Wow, Art, you really are ignorant!! So many problems with this. I find it amazing that the right wing is now pointing to Australia after ignoring for more than a year everything Australia was doing to prevent the spread of COVID. The left kept trying to point to what they were doing and how effective it was, including mandatory quarantine for anyone arriving in the country, but Trump and his minions turned away.

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Dwasserba

Links please.

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For pete's sake Art where are your sources for all these outrageous assertions? WE all know how you misrepresent the data to fit your agenda so...sources please. Did you not watch the Youtube video I recommended to you watch yesterday? It isn't that long and the narrator is really good at debunking and verifying sources.

Covid vaccine causes infertility -- FACT CHECK

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XeoMBc8G5A4&list=WL&index=23&t=2s

the blood clot issues were back in April with the J&J vaccine (the CDC already had their meeting)and unless you have new data that's recent, this blood clot issue has been recognized, and so you are saying I should be afraid to fly because I had the J&J vaccine? I guess you can misrepresent the data in your mind that way..but it's incorrect. There is no connection to flying and the vaccine and blood clots..they are not connected. There no evidence to connect them YET...so you are misrepresenting the data again. Have you never flown ever? You always should be cognizant of the fact you can get blood clots from flying but you can also get blood clots other ways to are you going to blame those of the Covid Vaccine also?? I could say I don't like the taste of pizza anymore and it's because of the Covid vaccine...I can link anything to anything in my mind but it doesn't make it actually true. You understand that?

https://www.cnn.com/2021/04/22/health/acip-jj-vaccine-meeting-friday/index.html

Four British Airline pilots, healthy young men, just bit the dust within 1 week is true BUT there is no evidence so far that has been proved it was because of the Covid Vaccine..once again Art you are mispresenting the data to fit your agenda, which I am not sure at this time what exactly your agenda is..unless it's to look the fool?

Four Healthy British Airways Pilots Die In One Week – Airline Says No Link To Covid-19 Vaccine

https://thedailyusnews.com/four-healthy-british-airways-pilots-die-in-one-week-airline-says-no-link-to-covid-19-vaccine/

Just because you see something on Twitter doesn't make it true.....now this last assertion about medical examiners??? I wasn't able to locate anything about what when they see when do autopsies on CV19 'vaccinated' bodies.??? So I am going to need a source for that assertion so I can debunk it....I'll be waiting...

yogib

Frederick Hospital may be trying to be flexible with their employees, but they are putting the rest of us at risk. Is this the quality of decision-making we want from our medical team in Frederick? I live in the southern part of County, just a hop and skip from Loudoun hospitals. so long Frederick Hospital.

Unknown123456

Good, see ya.

dtwigg

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