Ascension healthcare to require COVID vaccinations with delta surging

The national Ascension healthcare organization is joining other health providers in requiring employees and associates to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, including at St. Vincent locations in Indiana. 

Associates have until Nov. 12 to receive the vaccine doses. The company estimates there are roughly 14,700 associates in Indiana. 

The announcement follows Indiana University Health’s requirement for employees to be vaccinated by Sep. 1.

“Tens of thousands of Ascension associates have already been vaccinated with the available vaccines, as have millions of people across the country and the world,” the company said in a news release announcing the requirement on Wednesday. “But we must do more to overcome this pandemic as we provide safe environments for those we serve.”

Ascension St. Vincent has multiple locations throughout Indiana, including hospitals in Indianapolis and Carmel. The healthcare organization recently announced a $325 million expansion on 86th Street in Indianapolis.