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INDIANAPOLIS — All employees of the Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County are required to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

This includes those who work for Marion County Public Health Department, Eskenazi Health, Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services (IEMS), and Long-Term Care facilities.

Employees must receive the full course of the vaccine by Monday, Sept. 20.

A process to request health or religious exemptions is available.

“While we know the majority of our employees have already received the COVID-19 vaccine, ensuring that all staff and providers get their shot is a critical step toward protecting the safety of our workforce, our patients, and our community,” said Paul Babcock, HHC President and Chief Executive Officer. “Vaccination lessens your risk of death from COVID by about 100-fold. We continue to urge everyone in our community who has not yet done so to walk in and get your COVID-19 vaccine today.”

HHC said Thursday it made the decision to require the vaccine “as pandemic-related hospitalizations again begin to rise in the United States.”

“Health care providers recognize the special duty we have to protect patients and our communities,” said Dr. Lisa Harris, Chief Executive Officer of Eskenazi Health. “By requiring the vaccine, we are demonstrating our commitment to ensuring our health care facilities are safe spaces for everyone, and that our staff is healthy and available to care for our community.”