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Akron Hospitals Not Yet Requiring Employee Vaccinations

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Cleveland Clinic
Akron General serves as the hub for Cleveland Clinic’s Southern Region with locations in downtown Akron, Lodi, Bath, Green and Stow.

The Ohio Hospital Association is recommending the state’s hospital employees be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Columbus hospitals are among those now requiring the vaccine, but hospitals in Akron have yet to make a move.

There is not a mandate at Akron General Hospital at the moment, but in an email, spokeswoman Beth Hertz said they are encouraging and educating caregivers about the vaccine.

SummaHealth’s CEO Cliff Deveny says he supports the OHA recommendation, and while there is no requirement for staff vaccinations yet, they’re watching the situation closely.

Akron Children’s Hospital offered a similar response. Chief operating officer Lisa Aurilio says they are limiting visitors and continuing to require masks, and are also exploring the impact of adding the vaccine to employee health requirements.

This recommendation comes in response to the increase in Delta-variant cases across the country, as well as Ohio’s low vaccination rates at the moment, with only half of the state's population fully vaccinated.

Updated: August 5, 2021 at 3:57 PM EDT
On August 5th, SummaHealth updated its policy saying it would now require all employees to get vaccinated by October 31st.
Kelsey Paulus is a Junior studying journalism at Kent State University. She is pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in journalism with a minor in design. Along with interning for WKSU, Kelsey is also a co-producer of TV2’s kentcore and a designer for A Magazine. She is an aspiring music journalist and hopes to work in the magazine industry someday.