Maryland hospitals and health systems will require all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

On Wednesday, the University of Maryland Medical System and Johns Hopkins Medicine announced their COVID-19 vaccine requirements for employees.

UMMS officials said starting Sept. 1, all team members will be required to receive their vaccination or participate in weekly testing.

Officials also said all leaders at the manager level and above will have until Aug. 1 to be vaccinated or comply with weekly testing.

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UMMS President and CEO Dr. Mohan Suntha said in a statement: "We follow the science, and the scientific evidence tells us that from a safety and efficacy standpoint, COVID-19 vaccines represent a dramatic accomplishment and a clear pathway out of this pandemic. As health care professionals, we accept that we hold ourselves to a higher standard and we embrace our mission to devote ourselves to the welfare of those in our care. COVID-19 vaccines are by far the best way to stop the spread of the virus, and given our ethical obligation to our patients, we must take every appropriate measure to keep our hospitals and other locations as safe as possible."

Johns Hopkins Medicine employees will also need to meet a Sept. 1 deadline. Read more at WBAL