A vaccination message from Covenant Health

A message to patients, and potential patients, of any Covenant Health medical provider from Tonya Stoutt-Brown, CH Public Relations and Media specialist:

In recent weeks, Covenant Health has taken steps to assure that our health system complied with a vaccine mandate for healthcare employees initiated Nov. 4 through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

More than 55 percent of our patients rely on Medicare, and in order to continue caring for our communities, we were required to comply with the federal mandate by Jan. 4, 2022. A preliminary injunction has now paused CMMS enforcement of the vaccine mandate. In conjunction with this development, Covenant Health also will pause our requirement for employees to be fully vaccinated by Jan. 4.

Our employee and medical staff compliance with the previous mandate is currently 90 percent.

We continue to strongly urge all employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccination, and are currently offering vaccinations to employees who have not yet received them.