LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- Dr. Joe Corcoran is the chief medical officer of HCA Healthcare Far West. He’s in charge of clinical operations at nine hospitals and another nine surgical centers, as well as a number of outpatient locations in California and Nevada.

He said he is not a fan of mandating vaccines. Corcoran said his employees will have to be vaccinated under the latest mandate, but he said they have a lot of staff members who have “strong and legit reasons” for not being vaccinated and he would hate to lose them as colleagues.

He said 83% of the population has had at least one dose of the vaccine or has had COVID-19 and developed natural antibodies. He said the mandate applies a one-size-fits-all solution when healthcare is very individual.

He said one's family doctor and pediatrician is focused on that patient.

He said his hospitals have seen a 20% drop in COVID-19 patients.

He saw a pattern of spikes for COVID-19: January and February and then again in the July to August timeframe. He said it might the natural evolution of the virus, which will be around a long time.

He said COVID-19 will likely be like the flu and around a long time.

Corcoran said people should not use eradication as an end point for ending masking and other mitigation efforts. He said pediatric vaccines only reach 90% of the children and it’s unrealistic to think we’ll ever get to 100% vaccination.

He also said two of his three hospitals at one point did have to postpone elective surgeries, but that has since ended and elective surgeries are back on schedule.

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Finally! A post on covid that makes some kind of sense. Mandates are NOT necessary! We should be functioning normally because a majority of Nevadans are vaccinated. If the stupids in our state and local governments would stop trying to please the idiots in the federal government, we'd be so much better off.

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