PHDMC mandates vaccine for employees, issues ‘Call-To-Action’ for rest of county

Miami Valley News

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County will require all of its employees to receive an FDA authorized or subsequently approved COVID-19 vaccine by October 15.

Following this decision, the Montgomery County Board of Health issued a “Call-To-Action,” encouraging other employers and healthcare services to make the COVID-19 vaccine mandatory for all workers, and requiring it for teachers, staff and eligible students in K-12 schools.

“Vaccination is the single best available intervention to prevent COVID-19 disease, to decrease transmission, and to control the epidemic,” said Montgomery County Health Commissioner Jeff Cooper.

Some feel this move by PHDMC is the right choice.

“It’s what we need to do now, we have to work to get this virus gone, once and for all, and that’s the only answer,” Vivien Rusche said.

However some said employers shouldn’t be able to make that decision for their workers.

“We know so little about the shot currently, I think it should be a personal choice rather than an employer’s choice, it’s kind of taking our rights away,” Amy Sexton said.

According to a release by the Montgomery County Public Health office, vaccinations are a safe and effective means to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Public Health said vaccinations are the first and best step in a multi-layered strategy to stop the spread of COVID-19, in addition to wearing face masks and social distancing.

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