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Ninety-four percent of the 29,000 employees at Sentara RMH Medical Center outside Harrisonburg and Sentara Martha Jefferson Medical Center in Charlottesville are vaccinated against COVID-19.

In an effort to protect patients, staff, doctors and guests, Sentara RMH Medical Center is moving forward with vaccine requirements.

In August, the Norfolk-based Sentara health care system announced that its employee vaccination policy was updated to include a COVID-19 vaccine requirement with a deadline of Oct. 18, according to a press release.

As of Thursday, 94% percent of Sentara’s more than 29,000 employees between 12 hospitals and more than 300 sites of care are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have received an approved exemption. An additional 3% percent of employees have received their first dose and are progressing toward full vaccination, the release says.

The remaining 3% percent of employees have records that do not reflect a vaccination or an approved exemption. This includes some employees on family or medical leave and have an extended deadline to become compliant with the vaccination policy when they return from leave.

Employees not in compliance with Sentara’s vaccination policy will move forward with its standard disciplinary process. An unvaccinated team member can still receive the COVID-19 vaccine or an approved exemption to become in compliance, the release says. Unvaccinated employees will wear additional personal protective equipment consistent with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

“We are most appreciative of our team members who embraced the importance of this safety standard and received a COVID-19 vaccine or an approved exemption,” Michael Gentry, chief operating officer for Sentara Healthcare and the Sentara COVID-19 Task Force executive leader, said in the press release. “It is also critical that we reassure our community we are safely caring for you and your loved ones.”

Sentara did not have RMH specific numbers for vaccinated employees, just the cumulative number of all employees between the 12 hospitals and 300 sites of care.

(30) comments

Don Specht

I'd like to thank the Star editors for allowing anonymous trolls to turn their comments section into a sewer. [rolls eyes]

Deus_Vult

The vaxxholes won't stop until they have their own version of apartheid.

TheOneAndOnlyNuri

Why do mediocre white boys like you desperately desire to be oppressed?

Deus_Vult

Says the mediocre white boy. Please try "oppressing" me, you low-rent troll.

TheOneAndOnlyNuri

Why would I? You do that enough to yourself, coward. "My demographic isn't getting its attention paid!" *sob*

Get off of your knees.

Deus_Vult

You know your place, which is why you won't.

TheOneAndOnlyNuri

That didn't even make sense. Good try.

Deus_Vult

You don't know how to read. Try harder.

slowe

I would not want an unvaccinated person giving me or my family any medical care. Vaccinate ALL. BRAVO to the hospital!

john brown

Your position Mr Lowe is the only sane postion. I refuse to eat out unless the resturant advertises that all of it staff has been vaccinated.. No way I would seek medical attetion from an unvaccinted person...think of the sick people they encounter daily. When did people lose their common sense...oh, that's right when they viewed tRump as an intelligent person.

rkk123456

Mr. Brown, I am curious. If you are vaccinated, then why does it matter if those who serve you aren't? You're protected, right?

john brown

I am protected from dying from Covid, not protected from catching Covid and Iam around my unvaccinated granddaughter, who can't get vaccinated because of age and I am around others vunerable to the Covid and around idiots that refuse to get the vaccine for any variety of silly/political reasons

john brown

rkk..you really need to read reliable sources on the vaccine and Covid in general...we get the vaccine to not just save our lives but those around us as well

Deus_Vult

Gosh, sounds like JB should lock herself into a padded cell. Scared of her grandkids, scared of anyone else that might not have the shots, yet she continues to deny the efficacy of the shots she claims to have taken to ward off any threat of that dreaded virus with a 99% survival rate.

Doc Samson

Oh, Lordy! I hope you aren't expecting a rational dialogue with her. She cray-cray!

URA SNOWFLAKE

You do know that the vaccinated are spreading the disease faster than the unvaccinated right? Stupidity knows no bounds

john brown

You prove your last statement everytime you type q wannabe .... LOL

john brown

Intelligence eludes tRump cultist like deus

Don Specht

Stupidity is posting false information to win a Facebook spat.

Deus_Vult

Facts elude the vaxxholes.

SJFRAME

Snowflake - I am curious - what source indicates the vaccinated are spreading the disease faster than those unvaccinated? Just curious.........

Doc Samson

Following the science is NOT the same as following the scientists. Too bad politics trumps factual evidence. History will have a field day with the amount of blatant stupidity being pushed as "science". [rolleyes]

anon

This is from a Fox commentators saying get the vaccine and throw the politics out. https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/10/25/neil-cavuto-vaccine-plea/

TheOneAndOnlyNuri

It's the typical conservative position: "I don't care...until it affects me".

URA SNOWFLAKE

Lmao. Is your mother the only one who thinks your posts are of any importance? I’m guessing that you’re the only one that doesn’t realize we are all laughing at you. You’re post are not funny and most of them are just repeating the same old post talking points from before. No original thoughts for Nuri and it’s so obvious that you have no confidence in yourself. Maybe one day you’ll do more than just being a Winchester Star troll. I doubt it.

john brown

"You’re post are not funny" ..... it's "your" not "you are" smart guy ..../s

Doc Samson

Wait... so Fox is right? Or... no?

Also, I just because I care in a way your low intellect cannot fathom, doesn't mean it hasn't affected me, Mr. Mashed Potato Head. [lol]

TheOneAndOnlyNuri

Your dialogue here has become more facile and senile as weeks have gone on. Are you sure you are OK? Do we need to call for a welfare check? Do you have your meds?

Spock Here

"doc" seems the same to me, Bryan. Insulting the "prog leftists, challenging their lack of "intellect", all while displaying absolutely no intellect. All empty air. Just exercising his fingers more than usual

Doc Samson

"All empty air"? Um, that'd hurt if I cared... [lol]

Look, just because you simply CAN'T address pretty much anything I bring up, much less PROVE me wrong? Well, I (and at least a few others here [lol]) aren't the ones having trouble keeping up or engaging in rational dialogue when it's warranted.

But you two can just keep whining or snarking when others do unto you as you do unto others! It seems to be the only thing at which you excel. [thumbup]

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