Kettering Health extends staff COVID vaccine deadline

Two days after hundreds of protesters gathered outside Kettering Health in Miamisburg, the health system announced it is updating its mandatory COVID-19 vaccine policy to give employees more time to be vaccinated.

Kettering Health announced Friday that staff will now have until Dec. 1 to be fully vaccinated. The original deadline was Oct. 4.

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Following is the Kettering Health statement:

“Since announcing the COVID-19 vaccine requirement for all Kettering Health employees, medical staff, students and volunteers, we have continued to have productive conversations with our teams. From these discussions, we have updated our policy to allow more time for our staff to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The deadline to receive the final dose is now December 1. As we navigate through the pandemic, we are continuing to review our vaccine policies and exemption process. As cases and hospitalizations increase across Ohio, we urge everyone that can be vaccinated to do so to protect yourself and everyone around you.”

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Kettering Health, Premier Health and Dayton Children’s Hospital all announced last week that they would require the COVID-19 vaccine for employees.

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Kettering Health operates Kettering Health Main Campus in Kettering; Kettering Health Dayton; Kettering Health Miamisburg; Kettering Health Washington Twp.; Soin Medical Center - Kettering Health in Beavercreek; Kettering Health Hamilton; Kettering Health Greene Memorial; Kettering Health Troy, Kettering Health Piqua; Kettering Health Preble; and Kettering Health - Franklin Emergency Center.

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