American Lung Association Joins Employers Requiring COVID-19 Vaccine for Employees

Lung Association urges other organizations to do the same

In response to the growing need to increase vaccination rates, American Lung Association National President and CEO Harold P. Wimmer issued the following statement:

“The American Lung Association is requiring all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before reconvening in the workplace. And we are encouraging other for profit and nonprofit organizations to make this a requirement as well. We are aligned with the President’s statement earlier today urging a vaccine requirement for businesses in an effort to protect public health.

“Vaccines in the United States are highly effective, including against the Delta variant, which is nearly twice as contagious as previous variants. Unvaccinated people are much more likely to contract the virus and are at the greatest risk for hospitalization and death.

“As the leading non-profit organization advocating for lung health, the American Lung Association has been on the frontlines of the COVID pandemic. The availability of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines offers an opportunity to end the pandemic and save lives.

“To date, more than 61% of adults in the United States have been fully vaccinated. While this number is encouraging, our work is not finished yet. With more employers and organizations requiring vaccinations, we will continue to see vaccination rates increase, which will protect public health and help everyone get back to what they love."

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