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Following Supreme Court Ruling, WVU Medicine Reinstitutes COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate for Employees

WHEELING — Following last week’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that requires health care facilities that receive funding through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, WVU Medicine is mandating its employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as a requirement of their employment.

The health care system said employees in West Virginia and Ohio have until March 15 to be fully vaccinated. Those in Pennsylvania and Maryland have until Feb. 28.

The original deadline was Oct. 31, but that deadline had been pushed to Friday. The West Virginia Legislature had passed a bill allowing for medical and religious exemptions to the mandate that was to become effective by now.

WVU Medicine’s mandate includes all of its employees across its hospital system. Local hospitals include Wheeling, Barnesville Hospital, Harrison Community Hospital, Reynolds Memorial Hospital and Wetzel County Hospital.

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