BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Employees at Med Center Health will now be required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. 

What You Need To Know

  • Employees at Med Center Health must be vaccinated by Sept. 1

  • Gov. Andy Beshear is in support of this move, praising the center in his most recent update

  • Med Center Health cited the rapid rise in delta variant cases as a reason to get vaccinated

  • Med Center Health was one of the first to require staff vaccinations

In an announcement, Med Center Health cited the rapid rise in delta variant cases as a reason to get vaccinated. 

Dr. William Moss was the first Med Center employee to get vaccinated, and he said the move is met with great optimism. 

"What better way to serve our community than to let people know when they bring their loved one to us for heart or hip surgery, or delivering a baby, that you will be in the hands of people that are 100% vaccinated." said Moss. 

Med Center was the second hospital to require the vaccine across the state. Other health care systems, like Norton Healthcare and Baptist Health, have also announced staff vaccine requirements.

Gov. Andy Beshear supported the Med Center in its mandate as well. 

"I support them in their decision to do it," said Beshear. "I will stand with them against any criticism they see because those individuals are on the front line every day, and we need to make sure that they are protected."

To date, about 65% of employees are fully vaccinated, according to Med Center. In Warren County alone, an average of roughly 35 cases a day are being reported per 100,000 people, according to the Kentucky Department of public health. 

The Med Center will be administering the Pfizer vaccine to all employees.