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MMA urges healthcare groups to adopt COVID vaccine requirements

The Minnesota Medical Association Board of Trustees recently approved a proposal urging all Minnesota healthcare organizations — large and small — to adopt COVID-19 vaccine requirements for staff and employees with limited exemptions for medical contraindications or religious beliefs.

Already, at least nine Minnesota health systems — Allina Health, Children’s Minnesota, CentraCare, Essentia Health, HealthPartners, Hennepin Healthcare, Mayo Clinic, M Health Fairview and Sanford Health — have mandated the COVID-19 vaccine, with some requiring all employees to be fully vaccinated as early as this month.

“The MMA Board of Trustees was deliberate in our consideration of this issue and sought direct input from MMA physician members on a draft policy,” says MMA President Marilyn Peitso, MD. “Of members who reviewed the policy proposal, 89 percent voted in favor of the board adopting the proposal.”

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