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Vaccination mandate has minimal impact on local hospitals

St. Mary’s reported a 2% loss of staff, while CCHS lost a reported 5% of staff on Monday


October 21, 2021

OLYMPIA—Monday, October 18, was the deadline for workers in specific sectors, including private and public healthcare, state employees, and education, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or risk losing their jobs.

As the deadline neared, concerns about the mandate’s impact on healthcare staffing and services have raised throughout the state. A spokesperson for Providence St. Mary Medical Center and the Providence Medical Group in Walla Walla said their hospital has a high compliance rate that would not significantly impact its operations.

“As of this morning, Providence in Walla...

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