OhioHealth has announced that it will require the COVID-19 vaccine for all its 35,000 associates, providers and volunteers. This requirement extends to both employed and independent physicians, to those in patient-facing and non-patient-facing roles and to students and vendors. The deadline to become fully vaccinated is Wednesday, Dec. 1.

OhioHealth’s decision to require the COVID-19 vaccine falls in line with other health systems in Ohio and more than 50 health systems in the U.S. that are now requiring the COVID-19 vaccine for caregivers and staff. This healthcare vaccination requirement has been endorsed by more than 60 medical associations and societies nationwide.

In addition to the COVID-19 vaccine, OhioHealth also requires associates, providers and volunteers receive an annual flu vaccine as well as the Measles, Mumps, Rubella and Varicella vaccines upon employment. Religious and medical exemptions may be granted to those who meet the exemption criteria.

To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine or to schedule a vaccine appointment, visit OhioHealth.com/COVID-19.

Based in Columbus, Ohio, OhioHealth is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit, charitable, healthcare outreach of the United Methodist Church. Serving its communities since 1891, it is a family of 35,000 associates, physicians and volunteers, and a network of 12 hospitals, 200+ ambulatory sites, hospice, home-health, medical equipment and other health services spanning a 47-county area. It has been recognized by FORTUNE as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” 14 times since 2007. O’Bleness Hospital in Athens is an OhioHealth hospital.