Dear Editor,

During the coronavirus pandemic, Johnson County Healthcare Center (JCHC) has implemented numerous protocols to protect staff, patients and visitors, including: screening at facility entrances, mandatory face masks, social distancing, COVID testing for employees, modified rules for patient visitation, etc.

Currently JCHC cannot mandate its employees receive the COVID-19 vaccine because it was approved under Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). COVID-19 vaccines available in the U.S. have passed strict safety standards, but employers cannot legally mandate it.

In the absence of a mandate, we strongly encourage our employees to receive the vaccine. While that remains a personal choice, health care workers have an opportunity to set the tone and example for our community.  

We continue to advise our employees and community members to seek reliable and accurate information about COVID-19 vaccines. It is critical we vaccinate enough people in our community to achieve “herd immunity.” The sooner we do, the sooner we can return to normal life.

Sean McCallister, CEO

Johnson County Healthcare Center   

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