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Henry Ford Health System to require all employees to receive COVID-19 vaccine

Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Michigan by Ken Lund is licensed with CC BY-SA 2.0. To view a copy of this license, visit

Henry Ford Health System says it will require all employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine, making them the first health care system in Michigan to do so.

Henry Ford’s requirement will take effect on September 10th, and there will be exemptions for those with “valid medical or religious reasons.”

About 68-percent of the more than 30-thousand Henry Ford employees already have the COVID vaccine.

The health system says even though its COVID hospitalizations are at an almost all-time low, the Delta variant puts unvaccinated people at higher risk of hospitalizations, leaving the hospital “vulnerable to future surges.”

Like other hospitals, Henry Ford already requires employees get the annual flu vaccine, but this COVID vaccine hasn’t yet received full FDA approval.