Sep 9, 2021 - Health

HCA isn't requiring COVID-19 vaccines

A light brown hospital building at the corner of an intersection.

An HCA hospital in Denver. Photo: Matthew Staver/Bloomberg via Getty Images

HCA Healthcare is not yet mandating the COVID-19 vaccine for its doctors, nurses and other staff, CFO Bill Rutherford said during the Morgan Stanley health care conference Thursday.

Why it matters: HCA is one of the largest health systems in the country with 275,000 employees and 187 hospitals, many of which are in coronavirus hot spots. Health care trade groups have urged health care employers to mandate the vaccines due to the spread of the Delta variant.

The big picture: Roughly 40% of hospitals have mandated the COVID shots for their employees.

  • However, some hospitals have been reluctant to require the vaccines out of fear of losing workers in an already stretched health care labor market, Kaiser Health News reports.
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