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Mercy To Require COVID-19 Vaccines For All Employees

Mercy Hospital

Another metro area hospital will require all employees to be vaccinated for COVID-19.

Mercy Hospitals announced Wednesday beginning Sept. 30 all employees must be vaccinated for the coronavirus.

The hospital says the requirement comes as COVID-19 cases are increasing in communities in northeast Oklahoma and Arkansas, along with rapid increases in the Delta variant of COVID-19 in Missouri.

Mercy says a majority of the patients recently hospitalized for COVID have not been vaccinated.

Mercy joins more than 20 other health care organizations across the U.S. in requiring vaccines. Last week SSM Health, which operates St. Anthony's Hospital in Oklahoma City, announced it is requiring all employees to be vaccinated by the end of September.

Nyk has worked in radio since 2011 serving as a board operator, on-air announcer and production director for commercial radio stations in Iowa. Originally from the Quad Cities area, Nyk joined KGOU in 2018 as a practicum student studying Creative Media Production at OU. Upon graduating the following year, he became part of KGOU’s staff and is now the local Morning Edition host. When not on the air, Nyk likes to read, listen to music and follow news about the radio industry.
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