AMITA Health to require COVID-19 vaccines for all employees

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CHICAGO — AMITA Health announced Tuesday that all employees will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by November 12, 2021.

The decision comes amid rising cases locally and nationally driven by the highly contagious Delta variant.

AMITA announced that “reasonable accommodations” will be made for those who are unable to receive the vaccine for health and religious reasons.

The health system will also hold education and listening sessions on the vaccine in the upcoming weeks for employees.

Across the Chicago area, AMITA employees more than 26,000 people with over 7,000 physician partners across 19 hospitals and more than 230 sites of care.

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