Employees of Episcopal Homes, which operates several assisted living and senior housing facilities in St. Paul, will soon all be vaccinated against COVID-19, the nonprofit says.
Episcopal Homes CEO Marvin Plakut said in a statement that his employees will be required to be immunized by Sept. 1, noting that the coronavirus is especially dangerous to the elderly and people with pre-existing health conditions.
Plakut told Minnesota Public Radio that Episcopal Homes has “a moral obligation to do this” in light of the highly contagious delta variant of the virus, which is causing new waves of infections and hospitalizations across the country, including in Minnesota.
“The science is saying that the vaccine is the best guard against getting COVID-19,” Plakut told MPR.
Eighty percent of Episcopal Homes staffers are already vaccinated, according to MPR.