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Hennepin Healthcare makes COVID-19 vaccine mandatory for employees

Employees have until Oct. 1 to get their first shot.

Hennepin Healthcare, one of Minnesota's largest health care systems, announced Tuesday that it will require employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. 

The healthcare institution, which includes HCMC located near U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, says the decision to mandate the vaccine is due to "increasing concern" and "continued spread and mutation" of the coronavirus. 

Employees have until Oct. 1 to receive their first dose of vaccine. Staff members who receive the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine have until Nov. 1 to complete the two-dose series. Exemptions will be approved for "limited medical reasons" or "sincerely held religious beliefs." 

The vaccine mandate won't affect most employees because more than 86% of Hennepin Healthcare's approximately 7,000 employees are already vaccinated. 

According to the American Hospital Directory, Hennepin Healthcare has 465 staffed beds, making it one of the largest in Minnesota. 

  1. Mayo Clinic Hospital, St. Marys Campus - 1,318 staffed beds
  2. M Health Fairview U of M - 836 staffed beds
  3. Abbott Northwestern - 700 staffed beds
  4. St. Cloud Hospital - 484 staffed beds
  5. Mercy Hospital - 484 staffed beds
  6. Hennepin Healthcare - 465 staffed beds
  7. Regions Hospital - 464 staffed beds
  8. North Memorial Health Hospital - 385 staffed beds
  9. United Hospital - 355 staffed beds
  10. Methodist Hospital - 342 staffed beds

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