Since the FDA granted Pfizer\u2019s COVID-19 vaccine full approval last week, some of Michigan\u2019s major hospital systems are mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for employees, and some are not.\u00a0 The news comes as concern grows about the spread of the highly contagious delta variant of the virus, and after 50 national health care organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Medical Association, issued a joint statement\u00a0in support of COVID-19 vaccine mandates for all workers in health and long-term care. The following hospitals are requiring their employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19: Beaumont Health, headquartered in Royal Oak As a result of the FDA\u2019s approval, Beaumont Health will require all team members, regardless of location, to receive the complete dosing regimen of COVID-19 vaccine by Monday, Oct. 18, according to Beaumont Health. \u201cWe know getting the COVID-19 vaccine is an important decision for people to make,\u201d said John Fox, Beaumont Health president and chief executive officer, in a statement. \u201cWe don\u2019t want to lose one Beaumont team member. However, the positivity rate in the communities we serve has more than doubled in the past few months and the number of COVID-19 cases at Beaumont has increased. We need to follow the science and provide a safe environment for our patients, their families and each other.\u201d While the Pfizer vaccine has full approval, Beaumont Health employees can still get the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, which currently have Emergency Use Authorization approval from the FDA. Beaumont might grant an exemption to the COVID-19 vaccination requirement for certain medical contradictions or religious beliefs.\u00a0 Henry Ford Health System, headquartered in Detroit The health system is requiring the COVID-19 vaccine for its team members. Employees have until Sept. 10 to be fully vaccinated, according to Henry Ford Health System. The decision "is the right thing to do for the health and safety of our patients, our workforce and the communities we serve. If healthcare is not going to lead on this issue, who will?\u201d Henry Ford Health System COO Bob Riney said in a statement. "They depend on us and trust us to ensure a safe and healthy environment and we pledged to honor that promise." The hospital system is believed to be one of the first in Michigan to require COVID-19 vaccinations of all its team members, students, volunteers and contractors. That includes those working remotely. The announcement came June 29. There will be exemptions for the COVID-19 vaccine for religious or medical reasons if they are requested, documented and approved. Employees who don't receive a COVID-19 vaccine or exemption face losing their jobs. Spectrum Health, headquartered in Grand Rapids Michigan\u2019s largest healthcare system, Spectrum Health, is requiring the COVID-19 vaccine for team members. As of July 28, about 70% of Spectrum\u2019s workforce was vaccinated against COVID-19, and the health system said it will consider exemptions to the mandate as required by law. The mandate will apply to the health system's more than 31,000 workers at 14 hospitals, as well as those who work for its health plan, Priority Health, along with students, volunteers and contractors. However, the requirement will not go into effect at Spectrum Health until eight weeks from when the FDA granted full approval of Pfizer\u2019s COVID-19 vaccine. The following hospitals are not requiring their employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19: McLaren Health Care, headquartered in Grand Blanc McLaren is not mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for its employees. It will continue to require employees to wear proper personal protective equipment and abide by safety recommendations from the CDC and Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration, according to Magen Samyn, who is the regional vice president of marketing and business development for McLaren Health Care. The conversation around vaccine mandates will continue for McLaren. Samyn cites a concern for losing staff members while already dealing with a shortage of workers as a possible reason to avoid a vaccine mandate. MidMichigan Health, headquartered in Midland MidMichigan is not mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for its employees, MidMichigan Health Public Relations Manager Millie Jezior told the Alpena News earlier this month. \u201cWe are currently not planning on mandating the COVID-19 vaccine for our employees; however, we are continuing to monitor developments by the Centers for Disease Controls and Prevention and what is occurring locally and across our state," Jezior said at the time. Per the CDC and Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommendations masks are still required in health care settings. This means that for the health and safety of patients, all individuals, whether fully vaccinated or not, must continue to wear a mask while in MidMichigan Health facilities. Calls to reach MidMichigan Health for updated information were not immediately returned. Munson Healthcare, headquartered in Traverse City Munson is not mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for its employees. However, it is encouraging everyone to consider getting vaccinated when it is available to them. \u201cIn terms of mandatory vaccinations for staff, we continue to review all sides of the issue and look at all information that would help us form our decision, but have made no decisions," said Munson Healthcare Chief Communications Officer Dianne Michalek in a statement. "We continue to strongly encourage our staff to get the vaccine. We currently have 69.7 percent of staff who have been vaccinated with an even higher percentage of doctors and providers being vaccinated.\u201d McLaren hospital is one of the many major health systems nationwide to have concerns about COVID-19 vaccine mandates. Doctors are concerned that COVID-19 vaccine mandates may lead to an employee exodus that would affect patient care, according to CEOs of Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland-based University Hospitals and Johnson City, Tennessee-based Ballad Health. The CEOs said they worried that some healthcare workers would rather quit or be fired than get inoculated. Dr. Mihaljevic, CEO and president of Cleveland Clinic, said hospitals are already understaffed, and losing healthcare employees during a public health crisis would jeopardize the clinic's ability to provide care.