Thousands of Georgia hospital workers face vaccine deadline


ATLANTA (AP) — Thousands of Georgia health care workers are facing a Friday deadline to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or risk losing their jobs.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports half of metro Atlanta’s hospital systems set an Oct. 1 deadline for mandatory staff vaccinations.

Among them is Piedmont Healthcare, which told the newspaper only a minimal number of its full-time employees will not be vaccinated by the deadline, and their loss will have no impact on operations.

Piedmont has more than 23,000 employees. Other hospital systems with an Oct. 1 deadline are Emory Healthcare and Wellstar Health System.

The AJC said they did not respond to questions about the mandates’ effect on staffing.

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