North Carolina's Division of State Operated Health Facilities (DSOHF) sent a directive to affected healthcare workers that they will need to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by the end of September.

The memorandum cites the predominance of the COVID-19 delta variant strain and follows the recommendation from the North Carolina Healthcare Association that healthcare workers be vaccinated.

The memo was released by the office of House Speaker Tim Moore.

Moore included a statement saying that he has been vaccinated and has been urging others to do so.

But he added that healthcare workers are able to make their own decision about the vaccine and should not “be bullied into being vaccinated against their will.”

DSOHF operates 14 healthcare facilities that treat adults and children with mental illness, developmental disabilities, substance use disorders, and neuro-medical needs. None are located in the Triad, but area healthcare systems have said they will follow the healthcare association's recommendations. 

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