AMITA Health St. Mary

Though its vaccination mandate is paused, AMITA Health St. Mary’s Hospital Kankakee says unvaccinated employees remain required to continue abiding by all infection control and safety protocols, including weekly COVID-19 testing.

KANKAKEE — AMITA Health St. Mary's Hospital Kankakee has announced what it is labeling as a "temporary pause" regarding its Jan. 4 COVID-19 vaccination mandate deadline.

In a Dec. 17 letter to its employees, AMITA Health stated it had "made the decision to temporarily pause separation of employment in connection with the COVID-19 vaccination policy."

The statement further read: "Specifically, workforce members who are not fully vaccinated (with or without an exemption) as of January 4, 2022, will be allowed to continue working at this time. AMITA Health continues to strongly encourage associates to be vaccinated."

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