As dangerous delta strain spreads in NJ, hospital mandates staff COVID-19 vaccines

‘I can no longer abide by the risk of our staff spreading this virus’

“I can no longer abide by the risk of our staff spreading this virus,” said Dr. Shereef Elnahal, President and CEO of University Hospital Newark. He is requiring all staff at University Hospital to get vaccinated against the coronavirus by Aug. 2,  as the dangerous delta variant of the virus spreads ever faster in New Jersey.

New Jersey hospitals hope the state’s relatively high vaccination rate will protect them from getting swamped by a delta COVID wave. But infectious disease experts like Newark Beth Israel’s Dr. Christian Engell admitted, “The end of this pandemic is going to be more drawn-out and more painful than we had hoped.”

WATCH: Experts warn new Delta variant is a ‘more dangerous virus’

MORE: Vaccine goal cleared, but state says be wary of virus variant

We’re in this together
For a better-informed future. Support our nonprofit newsroom.
Donate to NJ Spotlight