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Peacehealth Says It Will Require Staff Be Vaccinated Against COVID-19


Peacehealth Tuesday announced it will require all staff at its hospitals and medical clinics in Oregon, Washington, and Alaska to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by August 31st. 


Dr. Doug Koekkoek is Peacehealth Chief Physician. He said the requirement is in response to the growing number of coronavirus cases in the community.

“We’ve gone from just 24 patients in our COVID units in Peacehealth on July 16th to 107 this morning,” Koekkoek said. “It’s increasing every single day. We had 20 new admissions overnight. This is a public health emergency that requires immediate action.” 

Koekkoek added that the majority of their COVID patients are unvaccinated.  He said about 80% of their employees across the hospital system have been vaccinated against Covid-19. They will allow medical exemptions.

Oregon law prohibits vaccination as a condition of employment for health workers. But Oregon Health and Sciences University and Kaiser Permanente have also announced COVID-19 vaccine requirements. And the U.S. Veteran’s Administration has also enacted a similar rule. 

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Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
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