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AAMC Statement Urging Mandatory Vaccinations to Continue in Hospital and Patient Care Settings

December 15, 2021

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MEDIA CONTACTS
Stuart Heiser, Sr. Media Relations Specialist

AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) Chief Health Care Officer Janis Orlowski, MD, MACP, issued the following statement urging mandatory vaccinations to continue in hospital and patient care settings:

“As the nation faces additional surges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the AAMC today reiterated the importance of maintaining COVID-19 vaccination mandates for health care personnel in hospital and patient care settings and urged all health care personnel to get fully vaccinated against the virus. The AAMC represents the nation’s teaching hospitals and medical schools.

The science is unequivocal. COVID-19 vaccinations protect patients and save lives.

With hospitals again nearing or at capacity and nonurgent surgeries again being canceled in some regions because of COVID-19 surges among unvaccinated individuals and health care workforce shortages, it is imperative that health care institutions continue to require vaccination for all health care personnel for the health and safety of our patients and communities.

We have heard from health care leaders at AAMC-member institutions that they support COVID-19 vaccine mandates for health care personnel and that critical workforce shortages may be impacting the continued implementation of these mandates. However, the ethical commitment of all health care personnel to put patients first means that no patient should be placed at risk because caregivers and health care workers are not vaccinated. The health and well-being of our patients and staff must be paramount.

We urge our health care colleagues to get vaccinated and health care leaders to continue vaccine mandates in the nation’s hospitals and health care settings.”

For more information and resources to boost vaccine confidence among health care workers and in communities, go to VaccineVoices.org, a project of the AAMC and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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The AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) is a nonprofit association dedicated to transforming health through medical education, health care, medical research, and community collaborations. Its members are all 155 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; approximately 400 teaching hospitals and health systems, including Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and more than 70 academic societies. Through these institutions and organizations, the AAMC leads and serves America’s medical schools and teaching hospitals and the millions of individuals employed across academic medicine, including more than 186,000 full-time faculty members, 94,000 medical students, 145,000 resident physicians, and 60,000 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in the biomedical sciences.