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Ninety-four percent of the 29,000 employees at Sentara RMH Medical Center outside Harrisonburg and Sentara Martha Jefferson Medical Center in Charlottesville are vaccinated against COVID-19.

In an effort to protect patients, staff, doctors and guests, Sentara RMH Medical Center is moving forward with vaccine requirements.

In August, the Norfolk-based Sentara health care system announced that its employee vaccination policy was updated to include a COVID-19 vaccine requirement with a deadline of Oct. 18, according to a press release.

As of Thursday, 94% percent of Sentara’s more than 29,000 employees between 12 hospitals and more than 300 sites of care are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have received an approved exemption. An additional 3% percent of employees have received their first dose and are progressing toward full vaccination, the release says.

The remaining 3% percent of employees have records that do not reflect a vaccination or an approved exemption. This includes some employees on family or medical leave and have an extended deadline to become compliant with the vaccination policy when they return from leave.

Employees not in compliance with Sentara’s vaccination policy will move forward with its standard disciplinary process. An unvaccinated team member can still receive the COVID-19 vaccine or an approved exemption to become in compliance, the release says. Unvaccinated employees will wear additional personal protective equipment consistent with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

“We are most appreciative of our team members who embraced the importance of this safety standard and received a COVID-19 vaccine or an approved exemption,” Michael Gentry, chief operating officer for Sentara Healthcare and the Sentara COVID-19 Task Force executive leader, said in the press release. “It is also critical that we reassure our community we are safely caring for you and your loved ones.”

Sentara did not have RMH specific numbers for vaccinated employees, just the cumulative number of all employees between the 12 hospitals and 300 sites of care.

Contact Megan Williams at 574-6272 or mwilliams@dnronline.com. Follow Megan on Twitter @Valley_Learn

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Thank you, Sentra RMH, for keeping your patients and staff members safe by requiring vaccinations.


Canoe, P_O_P noted that healthcare workers who didn't obey protocols should be fired. Do you feel the same way? If so, do you feel the same way about the hundreds of employees at the CDC and NIH, including Fauxchi and Birx, who did NOT obey many of the long established protocols of vaccine development? I asked P_O_P but that person scattered like a cockroach being exposed to sunlight. Maybe you have the stones to answer the simple question. Also, how does the vaccine make patients and staff safe when the vaccine does nothing to prevent the transmission of the virus? If the vaccinated can still contract and transmit the virus and can still get sick and die from Covid, who is safer? No one is safe from Covid, not even the 100% vaccinated.


The quicker they can get rid of healthcare workers who won't obey healthcare protocols, the better.


Fully vaccinated RMH employees can carry Covid and infect other vaccinated employees with Covid. You do know this, right?

You seem to be a stickler for protocols, why don't you list the long established protocols for vaccine development that the FDA skipped in order to get this "vaccine" into people's arms so quickly? One can certainly conclude the FDA/NIH/CDC did NOT follow long established protocols. Are you cool with that?


P_O_P, you’re a Marxist idiot.


Actually People_Over_Profits, if you really believed the message conveyed by your avatar, you would not be buying into this "vaccine" frenzy, as the pharmaceuticals are making a killing off of these "vaccines" that have created all kinds of health problems for many of the people who have gotten them. You are obviously a Demokkkrat troll.


Right on target, prodigal, POP exhibits the hypocrisy and ignorance defining most Marxists.


Another EMU incel pantswetter... lol


There is that word "incel" again, and this time, it's coupled with a reference to EMU, which unfortunately, is appropriate. Thanks Deft, for adding a new word to my vocabulary.


Typical left/dem/lib/prog/soc personal attack that we always see when they realize their argument has no merit.

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