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Ethical decision is protecting patients

Push by some Minnesota House Republicans to weaken Mayo Clinic's vaccine requirement is reckless


December 17, 2021

Glen Stubbe, Star Tribune

The Mayo Clinic

Generations of families have brought their loved ones to Mayo Clinic when disease strikes, sometimes traveling thousands of miles to do so. The trust placed in this renowned medical center obligates it to put patients' health first at all times.

In a pandemic, that means requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for staff. Those who come to Rochester for healing should expect that their caregivers have done everything possible to prevent infection from a potentially deadly virus.

Mayo admirably was among the first medical centers regionally to require shots for its workforce, announcing this step in July. It deserves commendation, not condemnation. Disturbingly, 38 Republican legislators in Minnesota recently signed a letter accusing Mayo of unethical behavior for enforcing this vital patient protection policy.


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