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Ascension Via Christi will require all associates to be vaccinated for COVID-19

One of the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in Kansas was administered at Via Christi in...
One of the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in Kansas was administered at Via Christi in Wichita on Dec. 14, 2020.(Via Christi St. Francis)
Published: Jul. 28, 2021 at 8:07 AM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Ascension Via Christi (AVC) will begin requiring COVID-19 vaccines for all associates, according to a news release.

A spokesperson with the healthcare system in Wichita said the new requirement will apply to all AVC facilities in the Wichita area. Volunteers and vendors will have to be vaccinated to enter their facilities as well.

“Like many health systems across the country, including in many of our markets, we are moving to require our associates to be vaccinated against COVID-19,” reads a release from Ascension.

Those with a medical condition or strongly held religious belief that prevents them from receiving the vaccine will have to go through an exemption process, said Ascension. Associates will have to be fully vaccinated by Nov. 12.

“This timing is aligned with Ascension’s annual influenza vaccination requirement and we will follow a similar implementation process,” the release said.

Ascension is the first healthcare system in the Wichita area to announce the requirement that its staff be vaccinated for COVID-19.

Wesley Healthcare said it does not plan on requiring its staff to be vaccinated, according to a spokesperson.

“While Wesley colleagues are not required to be vaccinated for COVID-19, our infectious disease experts, as well as those at the CDC, are strongly encouraging vaccination as a critical step to protect individuals from the virus,” Dave Stewart, spokesperson for Wesley, said.

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