FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sept. 10, 2021
Contact: Brian Reardon
Statement by Sr. Mary Haddad, RSM, President and Chief Executive Officer
Catholic Health Association of the United States
WASHINGTON, DC -- The Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA) fully supports President Biden's decision to issue emergency regulations requiring COVID-19 vaccinations of staff within all Medicare- and Medicaid-certified facilities. Many CHA members already require the vaccines, recognizing they are necessary to protect their patients, their staff, and the entire community from the virus.
CHA and our members are committed to promoting the common good and believe getting the COVID-19 vaccine is part of our moral obligation to care for one another. Since the vaccines first became available, we have strongly encouraged their acceptance through our #LoveThyNeighbor campaign and believe these new requirements are critically important as we work to emerge from the pandemic.
CHA stands ready to assist the Biden Administration as it promulgates rules for the requirements and will continue to support efforts that ensure vaccines are readily available to all, particularly to those who are most vulnerable.
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The Catholic Health Association of the United States is the national leadership organization of the Catholic health ministry, representing the largest nonprofit provider of health care services in the nation.
- 1 in 7 patients in the U.S. is cared for in a Catholic hospital each day.
- Catholic health care, which includes more than 2,200 hospitals, nursing homes, long-term care facilities, systems, sponsors, and related organizations, serves the full continuum of health care across our nation.