BALTIMORE (WJZ) – A big vaccination deadline today at one of the largest employers in the state with more deadlines quickly approaching.
City employees still have two and a half weeks to get vaccinated or undergo weekly tests.
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“Do your part to help end this pandemic for good. Get vaccinated, ”said Mayor Brandon Scott.
Baltimore City’s mandatory vaccine goes into effect Oct. 18. The city is in the middle of several vaccination clinics for its employees.
City police officials say about 60% of its workforce has been vaccinated so far.
“We provided the police with vaccines. We also gave them the opportunity to get vaccinated at work, ”said Deputy Commissioner Sullivan.
Friday is the University of Maryland Medical System immunization deadline. They say 98 percent of their workforce is in compliance with its mandate. Those who are not yet vaccinated will have 30 days or the system will “consider them to have resigned”.
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Johns Hopkins’ Dr Jennifer Nuzzo says the rise in vaccinations we’ve seen in recent weeks is partly due to warrants.
“We have already seen an increase in vaccination. As employers implement mandates, we will continue to see increases, ”Nuzzo said.
These increases, she says, will help reduce deaths and hospitalizations during last year’s vacation.
Governor Hogan reiterated his opposition to the vaccination warrants on Thursday.
“We don’t think the warrants are necessary. We’re doing very, very well with the plan we’ve had for a long time, ”Hogan said.
He said the way to get people vaccinated is to encourage them with facts – as, Dr Bill Moss pointed out on Friday. Most of the COVID deaths we see now, around 2,000 a day nationwide, are preventable.
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“I realize that not all of these people are strong anti-vaccine believers, but they have refused to get the vaccine despite its availability and despite being free,” Moss said.