Following its decision to enforce vaccination by Oct. 1, Texas' nonprofit hospital system claims that 98 percent of its more than 40,000 staff have to get inoculated against COVID-19.
In late July, Baylor Scott & White Health led a group of North Texas health care organizations in demanding immunizations for employees. Only 71 percent of Baylor's employees had got vaccinated at the time of the announcement.
All medical personnel, volunteers, students, suppliers, and contractors were required to be vaccinated. Baylor was one of three healthcare institutions in Dallas-Fort Worth that had an Oct. 1 deadline. Children's Health stated on Monday that 99 percent of its 7,500 employees had got vaccinated, whereas Methodist Health System has not yet revealed the number of employees who have not got vaccinated.
Arlington-based Texas Health Resources was the North Texas hospital system with the earliest deadline. Fewer than 120 of the company's 23,000 employees had not produced immunization documentation as of Sept. 20. Cook Children's, situated in Fort Worth, claimed that nearly all of its 8,000 staff had got vaccinated by the deadline of Sept. 27.
A spike in delta variant cases has put a strain on area hospitals, notably Cook Children's Medical Center, which has deferred all elective surgeries in-patient hospitalization until at least Oct. 11. After a high in early September, severe COVID-19 instances are diminishing in the area.
COVID-19 immunizations may have saved the lives of 3,600 Texas seniors, according to a new federal study. Seniors are one of the demographics most at risk for significant COVID-19 effects.