Grafton City Hospital Aligns with West Virginia Hospital Association to Require COVID-19 Vaccine for Staff


GRAFTON, WV (August 23, 2021) – Grafton City Hospital is committed to making our hospitals and facilities safer for every patient, visitor, and staff member. Aligned with The West Virginia Hospital Association, the Mon Health System, Minnie Hamilton Health System, WVU Medicine and many hospitals across the state and nation, Grafton City Hospital will require COVID-19 vaccinations for employees, like we do annually with influenza vaccinations, with exceptions only for medical and religious reasons.

West Virginia hospitals have seen first-hand the heartbreak COVID-19 has caused for the people in our communities.  Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first COVID-19 vaccine, Pfizer-BioNTech for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in individuals 16 years of age and older.  With the Delta variant on the rise, the approval of this vaccine is a milestone as we continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic and ensure the safety of our community.

“Grafton City Hospital has strived to put the health and safety of our community, patients, and staff as our number 1 priority,” said Dr. Andrew Berardinelli, President of the Grafton City Hospital Medical Staff. “This is an important and necessary step for us to continue to achieve this goal.”

Physicians, nurses, and hospitals’ clinical leaders are confident in both the science and safety behind the vaccine, with individual and community benefits strongly outweighing the minimal side effects. More vaccinations mean a lowered chance of transmission, especially for those who are vulnerable and unable to get vaccinated.

“It is clear that the SansCOV-2 vaccine is our best defense in regards to prevention of infection in both our employees and patients.  We must take the lead in this health care struggle” said Dr. David Bender, primary Family Practice physician at Grafton City Hospital and Taylor County Health Department Medical Director.

Hospital employee and staff vaccinations will maintain the long-term ability of our healthcare system to respond to the pandemic, to safely care for our patients by protecting them from infection and to mitigate the impact of the virus within healthcare facilities and among patients, hospital personnel, and their families and friends.

“It’s essential for Grafton City Hospital along with other West Virginia hospitals and health systems to proactively lead in this critical mission to increase vaccination rates in our State,” said George C. Boyles, Chief Administrative Officer at Grafton City Hospital. “We encourage all West Virginians to receive the vaccine to help us reduce COVID-19 transmission rates and protect our families, friends, and neighbors.”

 To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine, please visit WV Residents COVID-19 Info Line 1-833-734-0965 www.vaccinate.wv.gov.  To schedule a vaccination at Grafton City Hospital, please contact 304 265-0400.

 About Grafton City Hospital: 

Grafton City Hospital (a component unit of the City of Grafton, West Virginia) is a governmental, not-for-profit organization that was created and is owned by the City of Grafton, West Virginia.  The Hospital is a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital which provides residents of Taylor and surrounding counties acute short-term and outpatient health care.  The Hospital also operates through a Management Services Agreement with the Mon Health System.  For more information, visit www.graftonhospital.com .

 

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