The health and safety of Mecklenburg County residents, Public Health employees, and the wider community continues to be a top priority for Mecklenburg County Public Health (MCPH). Today, it was announced that all Mecklenburg County Public Health employees will be required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine starting Aug. 2, 2021, and must show proof of vaccination by Sept. 7, 2021.
"As public health staff, we have led the COVID-19 response efforts for the County and know too well the very high level of sickness, death, and impact the pandemic has had in our community," said Public Health Director Gibbie Harris. "Despite significant prevention efforts, COVID-19 continues to spread in our community, including new highly contagious variants."
Since there is currently a COVID-19 vaccine widely available in the community that has been shown to be highly safe and effective at preventing infection and spread of COVID-19, Public Health feels confident that this effort will protect patients as well as staff.
As part of its role in administering public health services, leading the County's COVID-19 vaccination response efforts to protect the public and staff, MCPH employees will be required to take the vaccine similar to the requirement to take the influenza vaccine. Consistent with the healthcare systems in our community, it is important for public health professionals to set an example for the community by following science-based recommendations to help protect clients from further impact of the virus.
The new requirement will help keep employees, clients, and the workplace safe and will protect the health of the whole community.
More information about the COVID-19 vaccine is available at www.MeckNC.gov/COVID-19 or by calling the Public Health COVID-19 hotline at 980-314-9400.
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