More medical facilities in the Tennessee cities of Nashville and Memphis will require employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
Meharry Medical College President and CEO James Hildreth made the announcement Sunday on Twitter, WSMV-TV reported. Meharry joins Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Ascension St. Thomas in demanding that employees receive the vaccine.
Hildreth, who is also a professor of internal medicine, said employees will have until October. 1 to get vaccinated. There was already a vaccine requirement for students and clinical staff.
In Memphis, the Regional One Health and Methodist Le Bonheur hospital systems said their employees should get vaccinated, The Commercial Appeal reported. Vaccination requirements for both systems go into effect on October 16. 31.
In a statement, Methodist Le Bonheur said that nearly 70% of its leadership team, and an even greater number of physicians, have received a vaccine.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, also in Memphis, had previously announced a vaccine requirement for its workers.
Also on Monday, the Republican governor. Bill Lee declined to disclose whether he would convene a special legislative session to prohibit schools from enacting mask mandates and other protective measures against the coronavirus pandemic.
Republican House Speaker Cameron Sexton has said he wants a special session to address these issues, but Lee hasn’t said if he really will. Instead, Lee said he will speak to lawmakers within the next week. Meanwhile, he has said that parents are best equipped to decide how to keep their children safe from the virus in schools.
Currently, a small handful of Tennessee schools have announced plans to require masks indoors and on buses.