DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. (AP) — Hospital group Advocate Aurora Health will require its 75,000 employees in Illinois and Wisconsin to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by Oct. 15.
It says that with the highly contagious Delta variant spreading nationwide, Advocate Aurora inpatient COVID-19 hospitalizations have increased five-fold over the past three weeks and the system’s test positivity rate is the highest it’s been since January.
President and CEO Jim Skogsbergh told employees in a video Wednesday that “the data is overwhelming.
This vaccine is safe, and it’s highly effective in preventing infection and even more so, serious illness and death.”
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