July 30, 2021

Chicago clinics serving low-income patients mandate COVID-19 vaccines for employees, following lead of big hospitals

[Excerpted from Chicago Tribune]

CommunityHealth Social Service Manager Ornella Razetto got her second vaccine dose in January

Esperanza Health Centers, Alivio Medical Center, AHS Family Health Center and CommunityHealth will require employees to get their first vaccine doses by Sept. 1. Together, the centers have more than a dozen clinics across the Chicago area where patients can see primary care doctors and access other health services even if they are uninsured and regardless of their immigration status.

“This decision was not taken lightly, but the rapid increase in new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations requires us to be especially proactive at a time when highly effective vaccines are widely available,” said Dan Fulwiler, president and CEO of Esperanza, in a news release. “Preserving the health of our personnel, patients and employees is our top responsibility and we believe this measure will help us better protect our families and communities.”

The centers already have about 85% to 95% of their staff vaccinated, they said.

Read the entire piece at the Chicago Tribune, July 30, 2021