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Beaumont says it will require COVID-19 vaccines of employees

Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak.

Beaumont Heath became the second health system in Michigan to announce Wednesday that it will require its employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Spectrum Health made a similar announcement earlier in the day.

There are now a half-dozen health systems with employees in Michigan, as well as the Veterans Health Administration, that will require its employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Beaumont Health has more than 33,000 employees, eight hospitals and 155 outpatient sites. Its mandate will apply to all employees, volunteers and providers who practice or work at Beaumont facilities. It is being implemented because of the rapid spread of the highly contagious delta variant among unvaccinated people and to protect the safety of patients, employees and providers, the health system said.

More:Spectrum Health to mandate COVID-19 vaccines for its 31,000 Michigan workers