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Texas Children’s Hospital requires workforce members to get COVID-19 vaccine

Jackson Cutler

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HOUSTON, TX - Texas Children's Hospital has announced that all the workforce members have to get vaccinated due to the new spread of the Delta variant as well as the unusual increase of patients diagnosed with the respiratory syncytial virus during summer.

Mark A. Wallace, president, and CEO of Texas Children’s acknowledged that getting vaccinated is an effective way as the main barrier to combat COVID-19. Therefore, this initiative is not only protecting the health of team members but also the patients, and the community.

Being recognized as one of the nation’s largest and top-rated children’s hospitals make Texas Children's also responsible to take a stand to protect those who have put trust in the hospital staff.

Wallace also said that the hospital is looking forward to the FDA fully authorizing the COVID-19 vaccines soon for those who are not eligible yet.

Furthermore, the hospital is leading the effort of children's vaccination among other children's hospitals nationwide. They are currently resuming Pfizer’s phase II/III trials to complete by safely vaccinating those under 12 quickly.

Meanwhile, the FDA's review trial data of Emergency Use Authorization for children ages 5 to 11-years-old is still in process.

All the staff members of the hospital will have to take the first vaccine dose on September 21 at 5:00 p.m. While for Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, the second dose must be received by 5 p.m. on October 19, 2021.

The workforce members are allowed to get vaccinated at any facility of their choice, except for those who have religious beliefs or certain health conditions can opt-out to get vaccinated.

Get your free vaccine here and read more about the Delta variant as well as the importance of vaccination as children head back to school here.

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