|MCLEAN, VA – Terry McAuliffe today called on all Virginia health systems and health care providers to require their employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Terry made his announcement as part of a visit to Inova Center for Personalized Health in Fairfax. Inova Health System was one of the first in Virginia to require COVID-19 vaccinations for all of its 19,000 employees, an announcement the health care provider made in June of this year. Earlier this week, Terry for Virginia announced that it is requiring all campaign employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
“The only way we’re going to end this pandemic and keep our economy strong is by getting every eligible Virginian vaccinated as quickly as possible. Leadership on this issue is critical, and I’m proud to be here today at Inova Health System, which has been a leader in our great Commonwealth in requiring its employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19,” said Terry McAuliffe. “I urge all health care systems and providers in Virginia to take this important step and require their employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Together, we can beat this virus once and for all, keep our fellow Virginians safe, and keep our Commonwealth’s economy running strong.”
As Virginia’s 72nd Governor, Terry brought together Inova Hospital–the largest hospital system in Northern Virginia–George Mason University and the University of Virginia for a renowned partnership on personalized medicine and secured $16 million in state funding for the project. Terry also negotiated with ExxonMobil to secure Inova’s lease of its former headquarters in Fairfax, as part of his effort to make northern Virginia a leader in biomedical research and to diversify the region’s economy.
Governor Ralph Northam’s recent mandate that state employees be vaccinated for COVID-19 covers all state employees working in health care positions at Virginia’s state hospitals and health care facilities. Private hospitals and health systems, however, are not subject to Governor Northam’s mandate, meaning there is no vaccine requirement for thousands of workers at privately-run health care systems, hospitals, and nursing homes. Terry’s announcement today calls on all of these private employers to require full vaccination by their employees to keep Virginians safe and the Commonwealth’s economy strong.
As Virginia’s next governor, Terry will work to rebuild a stronger post-COVID economy that lifts up all Virginians, and he will fight to make sure all Virginians have quality, affordable health care. He has released detailed plans to create good-paying jobs, accelerate Virginia’s efforts to secure a $15 minimum wage, provide workers with paid sick, family and medical leave, and make health care more affordable. Getting all eligible Virginians vaccinated as quickly as possible is a critical piece of this effort.
Terry has released 18 detailed plans to strengthen Virginia’s education system and dramatically increase teacher pay, help secure Virginia’s economic recovery from COVID-19, reform our criminal justice system, ensure Virginians have access to regular nutritious meals, address the broken, predatory system of prescription drug pricing, confront the gun violence epidemic, make Virginia the best state in the nation for Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Health Care (STEM-H) and computer science education, tackle the housing crisis in the Commonwealth and invest in Virginia’s workforce in the post-COVID economy, ensure Virginians have access to high-quality, affordable health care, tackle climate change and secure Virginia’s clean energy future by 2035, lift up Black Virginians as the Commonwealth rebuilds from the COVID-19 pandemic, further advance LGBTQ+ rights, create a flourishing rural economy, support entrepreneurial ecosystems and tackle rising costs and meet the health care needs, make higher education more affordable and boost Virginia’s agriculture and forestry industries.