U.S. – Covid19 vaccine mandatory for healthcare workers

U.S. - Covid19 vaccine mandatory for healthcare workers

U.S. – Covid19 vaccine mandatory for healthcare workers

The US health department said that it will require all its public-facing healthcare workers to get vaccinated against Covid-19, amid a surge in hospitalisations driven by the Delta variant of the virus. The rule will apply to around 25,000 department of health and human services employees who could come into contact with patients.

The move came as Anthony Fauci, America’s top infectious disease expert, said an additional Covid-19 booster shot will be recommended for previously vaccinated people with weakened immune systems.

Members of the Commissioned Corps must also get immunized against the virus in case they are called into active service as emergency personnel. The new mandate will follow the agency’s existing exemptions for religious and medical reasons for their required vaccinations against influenza and other diseases.

Federal regulators are expected to amend the emergency use authorisations for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines as soon as Thursday to allow for a third shot of coronavirus vaccine for some immunocompromised people. A CDC advisory committee plans to meet Friday to discuss these booster doses after the Food and Drug Administration makes its decision, CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said. The moves come as more at least two more cities, San Francisco and New Orleans, say they will require vaccinations for indoor events.

This mandate has come at a time when the country is struggling to contain the spread of the Delta variant of coronavirus in the US. The US recently observed nearly a 40 per cent hike of cases within a week due to the variant.