Health systems mandating vaccinations for healthcare workers

The number of hospitals and health systems requiring COVID-19 vaccination for employees continues to grow amid efforts to end the pandemic.

Here are the healthcare organizations that have announced mandates:

Maryland hospitals and health systems signed a statewide consensus statement to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for their workers. Each organization will set their own vaccination deadline.

Hospitals in Washington, D.C., signed a districtwide consensus statement to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for their workers. Each of the 14 hospitals will set their own vaccination deadline.  

Houston Methodist employees had a deadline of June 7 at midnight to get the COVID-19 vaccine as part of the health system's mandate. The count as of June 8: Nearly 100 percent compliance with 24,947 workers being fully vaccinated. 

Indiana University Health in Indianapolis is requiring employees to be fully vaccinated by Sept. 1.

University of Louisville (Ky.) Health is requiring team members and providers, including residents, fellows and rotating students, to be fully vaccinated by Sept. 1.

Benefis Health System in Great Falls, Mont., said it made the vaccine mandatory for about 250 employees working in senior services. Employees who are not exempt are required to get their second doses by July 1.

University of Pennsylvania Health System in Philadelphia is making the vaccine mandatory for all employees and clinical staff by no later than Sept. 1. New hires must provide proof of at least one dose two weeks before beginning work. 

RWJBarnabas Health in West Orange, N.J., is requiring supervisors and above to be vaccinated no later than June 30 and said it plans to extend the mandate to all employees.

NewYork-Presbyterian in New York City said all employees, physicians, students, clinical rotators, volunteers and vendors must have received their first dose no later than Sept. 1, and, for two-dose vaccines, workers must complete the vaccination process on the prescribed timeline. Newly hired employees also must follow a vaccination or exemption process. 

Community Health Network in Indianapolis is requiring employees must be fully vaccinated by Sept. 15 unless they receive exemptions for religious or medical reasons. The requirement applies to vendors, contractors and volunteers who work at Community's hospitals and care sites.

This story was updated at 12:25 p.m. CST June 11.

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