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Petersburg's Southside Medical Center will require staff vaccinations, hospital system says

Petersburg's Southside Medical Center will require staff vaccinations, hospital system says

Tamica Jean-Charles
The Progress-Index

Bon Secours will soon require all associates and providers based in the Richmond area, including Petersburg, to be vaccinated, as announced on Thursday. 

The hospital system has yet to secure an implementation date, but will most likely be in the fall, according to the news release. Bon Secours Southside Medical Center in Petersburg is among those to carry out the new provision. 

"The decision is based on our firm belief, grounded in scientific evidence, that the benefits of the vaccine far outweigh any potential risks," as stated in the news release. 

Bon Secours also receives support from numerous national health associations including the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association. The hospital system is following the footsteps of other hospitals and health systems conditioning its employees to get inoculated. 

The hospital system made the decision to require vaccinations following the current surge in Delta variant cases. Yesterday, Virginia hit a new record for daily case counts coming in at 4,255 cases statewide. The commonwealth hasn't seen a case count that high since early February. 

Since the end of July, Richmond city is enduring a steady increase in daily case counts, according to the Virginia Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard. The city reported 133 cases today alone. The city saw a similar peak in the middle of summer when it reported 146 cases on July 7. 

Petersburg has dealt with an inconsistent current of COVID-19 cases. The state dashboard reported zero cases for the city yesterday while reporting 19 today. 

The new order also comes after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine early last week. 

Tamica Jean-Charles covers all things social justice for the Progress-Index. You can find her on Twitter @thisistamica. You can also reach out to her at