FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — Medical Associates of Northwest Arkansas will require all physicians and staff to be required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
The mandate will be effective September 30, 2021, according to a news release from MANA.
MANA told KNWA/FOX24 in a statement that there will be consequences for those who refuse the vaccine.
Before the stated deadline of September 30, 2021 to be vaccinated has expired, employees will be required to provide either proof of vaccination or be granted an exemption by MANA Human Resources. Employees not in compliance with this policy will be placed on unpaid leave until their employment status is determined by the human resources department, which will likely lead to termination of employment.MANA Human Resources
MANA has issued the new requirement among their 22 clinics for the Northwest Arkansas community and include a clinic in Harrison.
Dr. Allen Moseley, pulmonologist with MANA and member of their MANA COVID-19 Task Force, said low vaccination rates and the Delta variant are contributing to the rise in cases.
The Delta variant is likely the most prevalent variant in Arkansas at this time. The most distressing aspect of the virus right now is the Delta variant, which has been linked to higher transmission rates, more severe disease, and higher hospitalization rates among those infected. In addition to that, low vaccination rates in the state and region can create the breeding ground for additional variants to develop.Dr. Allen Moseley
MANA joins Mercy as the second health organization to require employees to get the vaccine.
The news release says MANA is working closely with co-workers to develop a plan for compliance ahead of the scheduled deadline.
MANA says it continues to encourage everyone to get vaccinated throughout the community.