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Mercy Springfield: 98% of staff are vaccinated against Covid-19

Mercy worker vaccination

Mercy Springfield says 98% of its employees are now vaccinated against Covid-19.

Both Mercy and CoxHealth hospital systems require staff to be vaccinated or have an approved exemption. Mercy Springfield says less than 2% of its workforce is currently unvaccinated. The hospital says those who remain unvaccinated will need to wear a mask and be tested regularly for COVID-19.

Mercy announced in July it would require vaccination for all employees by the end of October. CoxHealth announced a similar mandate the following month. Cox spokeswoman Kaitlyn McConnell says 98.9% of its staff have either been vaccinated or received an exemption ahead of its November 15 deadline.

According to the City of Springfield’s COVID-19 dashboard, 51.8% of Greene County’s population is vaccinated.

Josh Conaway is a graduate of Missouri State University with a B.A. in Political Science and an M.A. in International Affairs. He works as a news reporter and announcer at KSMU. His favorite part of the job is exploring the rich diversity of the Ozarks and meeting people with interesting stories to share. He has a passion for history and running.