‘A tipping point’: Government officials, health groups move to require coronavirus vaccines for workers

July 27, 2021

“I fully expect more health care employers — health systems, long-term care companies, pharmacies and others — will mandate their employees get vaccinated,” Emanuel added.Many health-care workers also remain unvaccinated, despite having priority access to coronavirus vaccines, which first became available in December.One factor behind the slow uptake: Health-care organizations had largely avoided imposing vaccination mandates, fearing the risk of lawsuits or staff defections.Some health-care union officials who had raised previous concerns about vaccination mandates remained largely silent after the wave of announcements Monday.VA’s mandate — which applies to front-line workers, including physicians, dentists, podiatrists and registered nurses — gives workers eight weeks to comply.