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Bakersfield hospital CEOs: How will vaccine mandate impact staffing?

Several Bakersfield hospital CEOs share a key concern as COVID-19 cases continue to flood their hospitals: How much worse will staffing levels be when the California Department of Public Health’s Sept. 30 deadline for all staff to be vaccinated arrives?

Hospitals, slammed with an influx of COVID-19 patients during the third surge and a shortage in staff members, now must contend with losing more staff because these individuals decline to be vaccinated and do not qualify for a medical or religious exemption.

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