Children’s Mercy will require all workers get COVID-19 vaccine, including at JoCo campuses

Children's Mercy Hospital announced last week that all employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Dec. 15. Currently, the hospital's staff is around 80% vaccinated, according to hospital officials. Children's Mercy joins a handful of other hospitals in Kansas and Missouri that are requiring their staff be vaccinated, including the University of Kansas Health System. Image via Children's Mercy Hospital.

Children’s Mercy Hospital has joined several other Kansas City-area health systems in requiring all its employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

The hospital announced last week that, beginning Dec. 15, all employees, including clinical and non-clinical staff, contract and remote workers, students, non-employed residents, fellows, interns and volunteers will need to be fully vaccinated at any of the hospital’s locations, according to a release.

“First and foremost, as a preeminent academic children’s health system, we are obligated to do everything we can to improve the health and safety of our patients, many of whom are unvaccinated due to their age, and of our employees,” Paul Kempinski, the hospital’s president and CEO, said in a statement. “Our community looks to us to be a role model, advocate for and promote pediatric health, and the best way to protect children is for all eligible people to be vaccinated.”