NH hospitals begin to mandate COVID vaccines for all employees

CONCORD – The New Hampshire Hospital Association released a statement Tuesday supporting hospitals and other health care facilities that mandate COVID vaccinations for their employees.

Many hospitals in New Hampshire are heading in that direction, including Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover as well as Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health, the state’s largest medical care provider.

HCA Healthcare-owned Portsmouth Regional and Frisbie Memorial hospitals are “strongly encouraging” but not mandating vaccines for employees at this time.

As COVID cases rise, mainly attributable to the delta variant, there is more and more concern over the highly contagious virus, adding a layer of urgency to making sure people are vaccinated.

The New Hampshire Hospital Association this week announced support for hospitals mandating that all employees be vaccinated against COVID-19.

This week, New York became the first state to mandate proof of vaccination for indoor dining, gyms and other entertainment venues.

Doctors say vaccinated people still can get the Delta version of COVID, but that if they do, their cases will be less severe. They are unlikely to need hospitalization nor do they have a high risk of death. Hospitals are seeing rising numbers  of cases, and in almost all, they are in people who are not vaccinated.

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