Hospitals, health systems mandating vaccines for workers

Kelly Gooch and Hannah Mitchell - Print  | 

The number of hospitals and health systems requiring COVID-19 vaccination for employees is growing.

Here are the healthcare organizations that have announced mandates:

Editor's Note: This webpage was updated Oct. 11 and will continue to be updated. The list is in chronological order based on when the mandate was announced, reported on or shared with Becker's.

Brattleboro Retreat, a psychiatric and addiction treatment hospital in Vermont, is requiring employees to get vaccinated after some patients and staff tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Eagle Times. The deadline for employees to receive at least one dose is Oct. 18.

York, Pa.-based WellSpan Health staff must be fully vaccinated by January 2022, according to a statement shared with Becker's. Employees must receive their first dose by Dec. 1 and their second shot by Jan. 5.

Children's Minnesota, based in Minneapolis, said it is requiring vaccination for employees effective Nov. 1. 

Oaklawn Hospital in Marshall, Mich., is requiring its staff to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and the flu, WWMT reported Sept. 27. Employees, providers, students, volunteers and contractors will need to get their first COVID-19 vaccine and flu vaccine by Nov. 1. The second COVID-19 vaccine dose must be administered by Dec. 1.

Munson Healthcare is requiring employees, providers, contract workers and students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Jan. 7, or earlier if mandated by a regulatory body, the Traverse City, Mich.-based system said in a Sept. 22 news release. The system said new employees and providers who join the organization after Sept. 30 and all volunteers must also get the vaccine as a condition of employment and volunteer opportunities. The vaccine requirement excludes those who work completely remotely.

Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau, Ala., said all employees and contractors on campus must be vaccinated by Dec. 15 as a condition of employment, juneau.org reported Sept. 16. Nine percent of the hospital's employees are unvaccinated.

Concord (N.H.) Hospital is requiring vaccination for employees this fall, a spokesperson confirmed Sept. 13 to the Concord Monitor. The mandate goes into effect Oct. 23.

United Regional Health Care System in Wichita Falls, Texas, said Sept. 8 that all employees will need to be fully vaccinated by Nov. 1, the Times Record News reported. In addition to employees, students, contractors, traveling nurses and temporary workers must be fully vaccinated. Employees can apply for a medical or religious exemption. Employees who recently tested positive for COVID-19 can qualify for a six-month deferral period. After the deadline, those who have not been vaccinated and do not have an approved exemption or qualify for a deferral will not be allowed to work.

Bronson Healthcare in Kalamazoo, Mich., said Sept. 8 that the system is implementing a vaccine policy for employees. Vaccination will be a minimum work requirement, and employees must be inoculated and fully protected by Dec. 1. 

Monadnock Community Hospital in Peterborough, N.H., said Sept. 8 that the hospital is requiring employees be fully vaccinated by Nov. 1, according to The Sentinel. Employees may request an exemption for medical or religious reasons. The Peterborough hospital, which had previously said it would adopt such a requirement but hadn’t yet specified a date, is the third and last in the area to do so.

Avera Health in Sioux Falls, S.D., said Sept. 7 that all employees, volunteers, students, vendors and contractors must be fully vaccinated by Dec. 1.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Aug. 26 that all healthcare workers must get vaccinated or undergo weekly testing, but extended the deadline Sept. 3. The health department may require increased testing in certain situations, or if positivity rates increase. The original deadline for the first dose of a two-dose vaccine or a single-dose vaccine was Sept. 5, but was extended to Sept. 19. Workers' second doses must be received within 30 days of the first dose.

Foundation Health Partners in Fairbanks, Alaska, said Sept. 1 that all of its employees must get vaccinated, KTOO reported. The mandate is an expansion of a previous mandate that only required vaccination for new employees. 

America's Essential Hospitals, which represents all public and safety-net hospitals, said Sept. 1 that it's mandating vaccines for all employees, according to a news release shared with Becker's. The group, representing 300 hospitals, will consider religious and medical exemptions. Additionally, office guests will also have to prove vaccination upon arrival.

North Kansas City (Mo.) Hospital said Sept. 3 it will require all employees to be vaccinated by Nov. 12, KSHB reported.

The University of Kansas Health System in Kansas City, Kan., is mandating all employees, students, contractors and volunteers to be vaccinated, according to a Sept. 1 KCUR report. KU Health's 10,000 employees will have until Dec. 1 to be vaccinated.

North Country Healthcare in Berlin, N.H., is requiring all of its employees to be vaccinated by Oct. 22, The Conway Daily Sun reported Sept. 1.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health in Lebanon, N.H., is requiring its employees to be vaccinated as a  condition of employment, according to a Sept. 1 news release shared with Becker's.

University of Utah Health in Salt Lake City is requiring that employees be vaccinated, The Salt Lake Tribune reported Aug. 30. The requirement applies to hospitals and clinics staff, credentialed and privileged providers and health Academics staff in patient sensitive job codes, the health system said on Facebook.

Spencer (Iowa) Hospital is implementing a vaccination policy, which will be effective Sept. 1, according to an Aug. 30 news release shared with Becker's. All hospital employees must be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment by Dec. 1.

Saint Luke's Health System in Kansas City, Mo., said Aug. 30 it's requiring employees to be fully vaccinated by Oct. 30, The Kansas City Star reported. The mandate will affect approximately 35 percent of its 12,000 employees who have not been vaccinated.

Integris Health in Oklahoma City, is requiring staff to be fully vaccinated by Nov. 1, The Oklahoman reported Aug. 27. Employees seeking a medical or religious exemption must request one by Oct. 15.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Aug. 16 that all healthcare workers in the state need to get their first COVID-19 vaccine dose by Sept. 27. Currently, 75 percent of the state's hospital workers are already vaccinated. The health department said Aug. 26 that religious exemptions would not be an availble alternative to vaccine.

MetroHealth System in Cleveland, said Aug. 26 it is requiring employees, contractors and volunteers to get vaccinated by Oct. 30. More than 80 percent of its 7,800 employees are already vaccinated.

DuPage Med­ical Group in Downer's Grove, Ill., said all team members must be vaccinated, according to an Aug. 26 news release shared with Becker's.

Sentara Healthcare in Norfolk, Va., said Aug. 25 that all employees must be fully vaccinated by Oct. 28. The mandate extends to all affiliated physicians, volunteers, students and others who work inside or for the health system.

Minnie Hamilton Health System in Grantsville, W. Va., will require employees to be vaccinated, with exceptions for medical and religious reasons, acording to an Aug. 25 news release.  

Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau, Alaska, is mandating its employees to get vaccinated, KTOO reported Aug. 25 The hospital’s board of directors voted unanimously for an employee vaccine mandate on Aug. 24. The details of the mandate have not been written yet, but the hospital will allow employees to apply for religious or medical exemptions.

Geisinger in Danville, Pa., said Aug. 25 it's requiring that all workers be vaccinated by Oct. 15. Geisinger's requirement applies to current employees as well as new employees, faculty, medical staff, residents, fellows, temporary workers, trainees, volunteers, students and temporary staff. New employees must be vaccinated as a condition of employment beginning Oct. 15. For employees who comply with the vaccine requirement or receive an exemption, Geisinger will pay a one-time $500 bonus in late October.

Northwestern Medicine in Chicago updated its COVID-19 policy. The 11-hospital system previously held back on a vaccination requirement but has now decided to require vaccination or testing for employees. Northwestern employees must complete vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption by Oct. 31. Employees who do not comply with the vaccination requirement or receive an exemption must undergo weekly testing.

Ochsner Health in New Orleans, is mandating all employees be vaccinated by Oct. 29, according to a news release shared with Becker's Aug. 24. Additionally, contractors, students, volunteers, agency nurses and vendors must also be inoculated. Currently, 69 percent of its staff is vaccinated.

Roper St. Francis Healthcare in Charleston, S.C., said Aug. 24 it's mandating the vaccine for all employees, Live 5 News reported. Employees must be fully vaccinated by Nov. 1, and there will be medical and religious exemptions.

Waterbury (Conn.) Health is requiring its staff, volunteers, contractors and students to get vaccinated, WFSB 3 reported Aug. 24. About 86 percent of its staff is already vaccinated.

Doylestown (Pa.) Health is mandating its staff get vaccinated by Oct. 4, Patch reported Aug. 24. Employees will be able to apply for medical or religious exemptions.

Amita Health will be requiring employees to be fully vaccinated by Nov. 12, the Chicago-based health system said Aug. 24. Amita is offering reasonable accommodations for those who are unable to get vaccinated for health or religious reasons.

Edward-Elmhurst Health (Warrenville, Ill.) mandated vaccines for employees, providers, volunteers, contractors, students and instructors, according to an Aug. 24 news release shared with Becker's. Vaccinations must be completed by Oct. 25. Exemptions will be granted for medical or religious reasons.

CoxHealth in Springfield, Mo., said Aug. 23 that it would require all of its employees to get their first vaccine dose by Oct. 15. The decision was based on the FDA's full approval of the Pfizer vaccine, the health system's CEO Steve Edwards said. Nearly 70 percent of its employees are already vaccinated, as well as more than 90 percent of physicians. 

West Virginia University Health System in Morgantown, announced Aug. 23 that employees must be fully vaccinated by Oct. 31. The mandate applies to employees of WVU Health System facilities, including those in West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia, the health system said. 

Mon Health in Morgantown, W. Va., said Aug. 23 that its facilities will require vaccinations for employees, with exceptions only for medical and religious reasons.

Envision Healthcare in Nashville, Tenn., said Aug. 20 that all 30,000 employees must be fully vaccinated by Nov. 1, with certain exceptions available.

US Acute Care Solutions in Canton, Ohio, said Aug. 20 that its governance board voted to mandate the vaccine for all its clinicians.

Oregon is requiring its healthcare workers to be fully vaccinated, Oregon Public Broadcast reported. Gov. Kate Brown said Aug. 19 that staff must be fully vaccinated by Oct. 18 or six weeks after the vaccines receive full FDA approval, whichever is later.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signed an executive order Aug. 19 that all state employees will need to be fully vaccinated by Oct. 17, WBUR reported. Those who are not vaccinated will face consequences such as losing their jobs.

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont signed an executive order requiring state hospital employees to be vaccinated by Sept. 27, according to an Aug. 19 Hartford Courant report. Employees must be fully vaccinated or have received their first dose and have an appointment for the second dose. Those who do not get vaccinated will be required to undergo weekly COVID-19 testing. Religious and medical exemptions will be available.

Presbyterian Healthcare Services in Albuquerque, N.M., is requiring vaccines for its 13,000-member workforce, the Albuquerque Journal reported Aug. 18. The health system's requirement comes as the state has ordered that workers in certain medical close-contact congregate settings, including hospitals and nursing homes, be vaccinated, with limited exceptions. Unless they qualify for an exemption, unvaccinated workers must receive their first dose by Aug. 27, and their second dose, as needed, within 40 days of receiving the first one.

Emerson Hospital in Concord, Mass., said Aug. 18 that all of its staff must be vaccinated by Nov. 1 as a condition of employment. Currently, 85 percent of employees and 93 percent of physicians are fully vaccinated. Medical and religious exemptions will be granted on a limited basis.

Rhode Island Gov. Dan McKee said all healthcare workers must be vaccinated by Oct. 1, according to an Aug. 18 news release shared with Becker's. Those who are not vaccinated must wear a mask and undergo testing twice a week. After the deadline, any unvaccinated healthcare worker without an exemption will not be allowed to report to work. Failure to comply with the rule can affect a provider's license or result in administrative action against the facility.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham Health System is requiring employees and people working in its hospitals and clinics to be vaccinated, the health system said Aug. 17. Employees who have a disability, medical condition or sincerely held religious belief may request an exemption, but they may be subject to additional safety requirements.

Akron (Ohio) Children's Hospital is requiring its employees to be vaccinated or undergo regular testing, NBC affiliate WFMJ 21 reported Aug. 17. The mandate's effective date has not been determined, but it will most likely be in a few weeks.

New Mexico said Aug. 17 that all hospital employees will have to be vaccinated, with limited exceptions. The mandate will affect employees who have direct or indirect exposure to patients. To be eligible for an exemption, an employee must get a note from a physician or nurse practitioner validating their need for a medical or disability exemption or document why the vaccine conflicts with religious beliefs.

Unvaccinated employees who do not qualify for an exemption must receive their first dose of the vaccine within 10 days of Aug. 17, and their second dose within 40 days of receiving the first dose.

Tower Health will require vaccination for employees when the FDA fully approves the vaccine, the West Reading, Pa.-based health system said in an Aug. 17 news release. Vaccination will be a condition of employment for current employees, new hires and contract staff. For workers covered under collective bargaining, the requirement will be subject to discussions between management and union representatives, the health system said.

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield is requiring employees, board directors and guests to get vaccinated, the healthcare company said Aug. 16. Employees have until Nov. 1 to be fully vaccinated, unless they have a medical or religious exemption. 

NorthShore University HealthSystem in Evanston, Ill., is requiring all of its staff to get inoculated by Oct. 31, according to a memo shared with Becker's Aug. 16.

The District of Columbia is requiring that healthcare workers receive at least the first dose of Pfizer or Moderna or one dose of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, officials said Aug. 16. Workers must be vaccinated by Sept. 30. 

Family West Health (Fruita, Colo.)  and Community Hospital (Grand Junction, Colo.) executives have signed a joint statement mandating their staff be vaccinated. Community Hospital reported at a news conference Aug. 13 that 65 percent of its staff is already vaccinated. At Family West, 70-80 percent of its staff is vaccinated. The specific terms and effective dates will vary by hospital.

Philadelphia healthcare workers will be required to be vaccinated or be tested for COVID-19 twice per week, ABC 6 reported Aug. 13. By Oct. 15, all healthcare workers will be required to provide proof of vaccination unless they have a religious or a medical exemption.

UCLA Health will require COVID-19 vaccines for faculty, staff, academic appointees and students by Sept. 1, adhering to a statewide policy from the University of California, the system told Becker's Aug. 13. Limited medical exemptions and accommodations will be available based on disability or religious beliefs.

Inspira Health in Vineland, N.J. will require all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Oct. 15, it told Becker's Aug 13. Inspira will comply with Gov. Phil Murphy’s executive order to begin COVID-19 testing of unvaccinated staff by Sept. 7.

CHI Memorial in Chattanooga, Tenn., is requiring employees to be fully vaccinated by Nov. 1, according to an Aug. 12 news release shared with Becker's. The requirement also includes physicians, advanced practice providers, volunteers and others caring for patients at the hospital.

SCL Health (Broomfield, Colo.) and Boulder (Colo.) Community Health said Aug. 12 all employees will have to be vaccinated by Nov. 1, according to a Colorado Sun report. Employees may apply for medical or religious exemptions.

JPS Health Network in Fort Worth, Texas said Aug. 12 it will require all of its workers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, pending full FDA approval of the vaccines, Fox 4 reported.

Maine will require all of its healthcare employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19, Gov. Janet Mills said Aug. 12. Employees must be fully inoculated by Oct. 1. Maine will not offer a testing alternative for those who do not get vaccinated. There is a medical exemption available for people who physicians deem immunization is "medically inadvisable."

Children's Hospital Colorado in Aurora, said Aug. 12 that it is requiring team members to receive a complete vaccination series by Oct. 1. The requirement will be a condition of employment and applies to all employees, medical staff, trainees, volunteers, vendors, medical students and contract staff.

CommonSpirit Health is requiring full COVID-19 vaccination for its 150,000 employees, the Chicago-based health system said Aug. 12. The compliance deadline for the vaccination requirement is Nov. 1, although the implementation date will vary by region in accordance with local and state regulations.

Dignity Health in San Francisco, which has more than 60,000 employees in 21 states, is mandating the COVID-19 vaccine. Its staff will have to be vaccinated by Nov. 1, the health system said Aug. 12. All physicians, volunteers and employees caring for patients will need to be vaccinated.

St. Luke's Health in Houston, is making the COVID-19 vaccine a condition of employment, the health system said in an Aug. 12 news release shared with Becker's. It is mandating employees, volunteers and all others who care for patients within its facilities be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Nov. 1. Medical and religious exemptions will be available for those who qualify.

Mount Sinai Health System announced Aug. 12 that the New York City-based organization is requiring faculty and staff to get at least one vaccine dose vaccine by Sept. 13. Those who do not meet that deadline or receive a medical or religious exemption will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination, said Mount Sinai. Beginning in September, exempt faculty and staff must undergo weekly testing. 

Bryan Health (Lincoln, Neb.), CHI Health (Omaha, Neb.), Nebraska Medicine (Omaha), Children's Hospital & Medical Center (Omaha, Neb.), Boys Town (Neb.) National Research Hospital, Madonna Rehabilitation Hospitals (Lincoln, Neb.) and Midwest Surgical Hospital (Omaha, Neb.) signed a joint statement Aug. 12 that their employees will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19, the Lincoln Journal Star reported. Hospital employees can apply for a medical or religious exemption. The statement did not give an employee vaccination deadline or detail consequences of noncompliance.

Columbia Memorial Health in Hudson, N.Y. is requiring front-line staff, volunteers, students and operations staff to get inoculated against COVID-19, the hospital said Aug. 11. Those mandated to get vaccinated must do so "as soon as practical," Hudson Valley 360 reported.

Valleywise Health in Phoenix, will require its staff to be vaccinated by Nov. 1, the health system said Aug. 11. It's 4,000 employees, including remote workers, students, volunteers and on-site vendors, will need to be inoculated.

Keck Medicine of USC in Los Angeles, said Aug. 11 that it is requiring healthcare workers to be fully vaccinated, beginning Sept. 20. The requirement includes employees, as well as contract and temporary workers, volunteers, vendors and contractors, and Keck School of Medicine of USC staff and trainees who work in our facilities.

Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., is requiring all vendors coming in and out of its facilities to be vaccinated against COVID-19, Local Memphis reported Aug. 11. Vendors need to be vaccinated or have a medical exemption. The hospital said the vast majority of its vendors are complying with the mandate. The hospital, which employs 19,000 people, said it will not be requiring its own employees to be vaccinated. It recently reported that about 42 percent of its workers are unvaccinated.

Broadlawns Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa, said Aug. 10 it will require its 1,500 employees to be fully vaccinated by Nov. 1, according to the Des Moines Register. Employees may seek a religious or medical exemption. The public hospital run by Polk County said 76 percent of its staff is already vaccinated.

Texas Children's Hospital in Houston, is mandating that all employees and contractors receive their first COVID-19 vaccine dose by Sept. 21. The second dose must be received by Oct. 19. Exemptions are permitted for employees with certain religious beliefs or medical conditions.

Pennsylvania will require its 25,000 employees who work in state-run health facilities to get inoculated, according to an Aug. 10 news release. Employees must get vaccinated by Sept. 7 or undergo weekly testing. Those who get vaccinated will get an extra day off work in October.

Highmark Health and Allegheny Health Network in Pittsburgh, are requiring employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19, they said Aug. 10. Employees must get vaccinated by Sept. 30. Employees who are not vaccinated by Aug. 16 will be required to wear a face mask and face shield while working in a hospital or clinical setting. About 73 percent of its 21,000 employees are vaccinated.

Jefferson Health in Philadelphia, which has 32,000 employees, said Aug. 10 that its staff will be required to be fully vaccinated by Oct. 29, Biz Journals reported. The mandate will apply to all employees, medical staff, as well as faculty and staff in its academic environments. Those who fail to get vaccinated by the deadline will be terminated.

MercyOne is requiring colleagues and medical staff to be vaccinated, the Des Moines, Iowa-based health system said Aug. 10. The organization is offering exemptions for strongly held religious beliefs or medical reasons.

Ellis Hospital in Schenectady, N.Y., is requiring that employees be fully vaccinated by Oct. 1, News 10 reported Aug. 9. 

Virginia Commonwealth University Health System in Richmond announced Aug. 9 that it is requiring that employees be vaccinated. Health system employees must get their first vaccine dose by Sept. 15.

Regional One Health in Memphis, Tenn. said Aug. 9 that its staff will be required to get inoculated against COVID-19 by Oct. 31

Monadnock Community Hospital in Petersborough, N.H. will be requiring its employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine. All of its employed physicians are already vaccinated, but overall the hospital's vaccination levels are approximately 80 percent, according to an Aug. 9 Monadnock Ledger-Transcript report.

Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, Wash. is requiring its employees to show proof of being vaccinated against COVID-19 by Sept. 30, the Tri-City Herald reported Aug. 9. Those who do not get vaccinated will be required to sign a declination and follow additional protocols. 

The Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System in Baton Rouge, La. will be requiring its employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or face termination, according to an Aug. 9 Acadia Parish Today report. All employees, students, volunteers and contractors must get vaccinated by Dec. 1 or risk consequences. Physicians, physician assistants and nurses must be vaccinated by Oct. 31 or they will be suspended without pay. If they're not fully vaccinated by Nov. 30 they will be fired.

Baton Rouge (La.) General will mandate that its employees get fully inoculated against COVID-19 by Spet. 30, according to an Aug. 9 Acadia Parish Today report. Those who do not get vaccinated will have to complete a quarterly education program designed in collaboration with Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic. About half of its staff is already vaccinated.

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, a Memphis, Tenn.-based health system with 13,000 employees, said Aug. 9 that it is requiring that all employees be fully vaccinated by Oct. 31. The requirement applies to employees across hospital and outpatient locations in West Tennessee and North Mississippi. Limited exceptions will be approved for religious and medical reasons.

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago said Aug. 9 that it will require that employees, students, contractors, badged vendors and volunteers be vaccinated by Oct. 18. The hospital will require proof of vaccination as a condition of employment and will provide exemptions for medical or religious reasons. 

Saratoga (Fla.) Hospital said Aug. 9 that all employees will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Sept. 7. Those who do not get vaccinated will need to get tested weekly for the virus.

Perry County Memorial Hospital said Aug. 9 that all employees will be required to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Oct. 4. To date, 75 percent of its staff is already vaccinated. The mandate will apply to all employees, regardless of whether they provide direct patient care. Volunteers, contractors and vendors will also need to be vaccinated.

Virginia Mason Franciscan Health in Seattle said Aug. 6 that all employees need to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The details of the mandate are still being finalized, according to an Aug. 6 Kitsap Sun report.

Swedish Health Services in Seattle is requiring its staff to get inoculated against COVID-19. Employees requesting a medical or religious exemption would be excused from the rule. As of July 21, 85 percent of its staff is already vaccinated, the Seattle Times reported Aug. 6.

Emory Healthcare in Atlanta will require vaccinations for its healthcare providers and employees, according to a statement shared with Becker's Aug. 6. Employees must receive their vaccinations by Oct. 1.

Nemours Children's Health System, which cares for patients in five states, said Aug. 6 that it is requiring vaccination for employees. The requirement is a condition of employment. The health system said employees must receive at least one dose by Sept. 1. 

Summa Health in Cleveland is requiring all of its employees to get their final COVID-19 vaccine dose two weeks before Oct. 31. Those who refuse could be disciplined or fired, the health system said Aug. 5. Employees who receive medical or religious exemptions will be asked to wear a mask. To date, 70 percent of its employees are vaccinated.

Cape Fear Valley Health in Fayetteville said Aug. 5 that all employees, students, vendors and volunteers need to be vaccinated by Oct. 1. Employees will not be required to use their vacation time to get their vaccines. They can also apply for medical or religious exemptions. 

Dayton (Ohio) Children’s is requiring all of its employees to be vaccinated by Oct. 1, or risk termination. More than 60 percent of its staff is already vaccinated, the health system said Aug. 5.

Premier Health in Dayton, Ohio said Aug. 5 it's requiring all employees to be fully vaccinated by Dec. 1.

Kettering Health in Dayton, Ohio is requiring employees, medical staff, students, volunteers and vendors conducting business in their facilities to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Oct. 4, the health system said Aug. 5

The California Department of Public Health issued an order Aug. 5 requiring workers in healthcare to be vaccinated. The order applies to workers in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, intermediate care facilities, ambulatory surgery centers and in most other healthcare settings. Workers who do not qualify for a medical or religious exemption need to receive their second shot by Sept. 30. Unvaccinated exempt workers must meet testing and safety requirements.

Providence is requiring caregivers, where permitted by state law, to get vaccinated and show proof of vaccination, the Renton, Wash.-based health system said Aug. 5. The health system said those unable to be vaccinated must sign a declination and follow additional protocols. The compliance deadline is Sept. 30. 

TriHealth in Cincinnati has decided to require vaccination for all team members, physicians and volunteers, according to a statement shared with Becker's Aug. 5. The health system is providing an exemption process for medical or religious reasons.

UnityPoint Health will require its more than 33,000 team members to be fully vaccinated, the West Des Moines, Iowa-based health system said Aug. 5. Employed team members must be fully vaccinated by Nov. 1 unless they obtain an exemption or temporary deferral.

Cincinnati Children's Hospital is requiring its staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Oct. 1. The hospital said Aug. 5 many of its patients are too young to be eligible for the vaccine. Proof of vaccination will be required as a condition of employment unless a medical or religious exemption has been granted.

Christ Hospital Health Network in Cincinnati said Aug. 5 that its employees will be required to be vaccinated by Oct. 1.

UC Health in Cincinnati said Aug. 5 that employees must be vaccinated by Oct. 1.

St. Elizabeth Healthcare in Edgewood, Ky., said Aug. 5 that COVID-19 vaccines will be required for its staff by early this fall.

UK Healthcare in Lexington, Ky., said Aug. 4 that COVID-19 vaccines will be mandated for healthcare providers, staff, trainees, students and all others who work in its facilities. The health system is requiring employees to get their first dose by Sept. 15. There will be a declination process for employees who receive a religious or medical exemption as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

CHI Saint Joseph Health in Lexington, Ky., said Aug. 4 that it will be requiring its staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19, according to a Kentucky.com report. Details and dates for the mandate will be provided to staff soon. 

UW Health in Madison, Wis., is requiring its staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19, the health system said Aug. 4. Although 90 percent of its staff is already vaccinated, the remaining 10 percent must receive their first vaccination by Oct. 1 and their final dose by Nov. 1. Staff who have a documented medical condition that prevents them from being vaccinated or a religious conviction can file for an exemption.

Essentia Health in Duluth, Minn., is requiring its entire staff to be fully vaccinated this fall, according to an Aug. 4 Star Tribune report. To date, 87 percent of physicians, 84 percent of advanced practice providers and 70 percent of all other employees have been vaccinated, the health system said. Staff and contractors will have to receive their first dose by Oct. 1 and their second dose by Nov. 1.

Marshfield (Wis.) Clinic Health System said all employees will have to be vaccinated by Nov. 15, according to an Aug. 4 ABC 9 report.

Oregon Health & Science University, by Sept. 1, plans to require its employees, students, volunteers and long-term vendors to provide documentation showing they are fully vaccinated or formally decline vaccination, the Portland-based organization said Aug. 4. OHSU said those who formally decline will have to complete vaccine-related education and follow necessary safety measures.

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston updated its vaccine requirement for employees. The Boston Globe previously reported June 24 that Dana-Farber will wait until after the FDA fully approves a vaccine. However, it told Becker's Aug. 4 that it will now require employees to have received their last dose two weeks before Oct. 1. The mandate is no longer dependent on the FDA's full authorization. All new hires must be vaccinated as a condition of employment.

MemorialCare in Fountain Valley, Calif. will require its staff to be vaccinated at all facilities, the health system told Becker's Aug. 4. The health system has set a target date of Sept. 30 to be vaccinated or to have received a deferral, medical or religious exemption.

Sutter Health in Sacramento, Calif., is mandating that its workforce be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Sept. 30. The mandate will require employees, volunteers and vendors who enter a Sutter facility or provide patient care off-site to provide documentation of vaccination, unless they have received a medical or religious exemption, the health system said Aug. 4.

Washington Regional Medical System in Fayetteville, Ark., has mandated vaccination for medical staff, as well as its 3,300 employees as of Oct. 1, J. Larry Shackelford, president and CEO, shared with Becker's Aug. 4. The organization is also requiring prospective new hires to provide proof of having received at least one dose two weeks before beginning work, according to a message sent to staff July 21. Employees may request an exemption based on disability or sincerely held religious belief.

Advocate Aurora Health in Downers Grove, Ill., and Milwaukee is requiring its remote and in-person staff, volunteers, and on-site vendors to be fully vaccinated, the health system said in an Aug. 4 news release shared with Becker's. With limited exemptions for religious or medical reasons, the entire staff must provide proof of full vaccination by Oct. 15.

Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, is requiring all employees, care providers, volunteers and vendors to be fully vaccinated, the hospital told Becker's Aug. 4. Workers must be fully vaccinated, effective Oct. 1.  

Allina Health in Minneapolis said Aug. 3 the vaccine will be a condition for employment at the health system, according to a news release shared with Becker's. All employees, volunteers, students and contractors will be required to have had at least one vaccine dose by Oct.1, with limited exemptions for medical and religious reasons. To date, more than 73 percent of employees are already vaccinated.

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus said Aug. 3 that it is requiring workers to receive either the first vaccine dose or an approved vaccine exemption before Oct. 15. The requirement applies to all faculty, staff and students. 

PeaceHealth, a system based in Vancouver, Wash., said Aug. 3 that all caregivers will be required to be vaccinated or submit a qualifying medical exemption. The requirement starts Aug. 31. The health system said those who are unvaccinated must undergo regular COVID-19 testing, as well as additional masking, potential reassignment to non-patient care settings and other safety protocols. 

OhioHealth will require the vaccine for its 35,000 associates, providers and volunteers, the Columbus-based health system said Aug. 3. The requirement applies to employed and independent physicians, those in patient-facing and non-patient-facing roles, students and vendors. The compliance deadline is Dec. 1.

Valley Children's Healthcare in Madera, Calif. is requiring its staff, physicians, vendors and those conducting business in its facilities to be vaccinated against COVID-19, effective Sept. 21. If an employee is granted a medical or religious exemption, they will have to undergo weekly COVID-19 testing. A large percentage of the hospital's patient population is too young to receive the vaccine, which increases their vulnerability to contracting the virus, the hospital told Becker's Aug. 3.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health in Lebanon, N.H., announced Aug. 3 that it will require employees to get vaccinated as a condition of employment, effective Sept. 30. The health system said employees must submit documentation that they have been fully vaccinated or obtain an approved medical or religious exemption.

MultiCare Health System in Tacoma, Wash., is requiring all hospital and clinic employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19 this fall. Details are still being worked out, and more information will be released in the coming weeks, The Spokesman-Review reported Aug. 3.

Froedtert Health in Wauwatosa, Wis., said Aug. 3 that it will require all staff, vendors, students and volunteers to get the COVID-19 vaccine by Nov. 1.

MaineHealth in Portland said Aug. 3 that it will require all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Oct. 1. The health system said it would consider medical and religious exemptions to the requirement.

Baptist Health in Louisville, Ky. is requiring employees to be vaccinated by Oct. 31, the health system told its staff Aug. 2. Employees must get their first vaccine by Sept. 15. Contractors, independent healthcare providers, vendors or anyone providing service on-site must also be vaccinated. Employees with a start date of Sept. 13 or later will be required to have their first vaccine dose within one week of being hired, the health system told Becker's.

Rochester (N.Y.) Regional Health, the University of Rochester Medical Center and Monroe Community Hospital in Rochester are mandating employees be vaccinated by Sept. 8 or undergo frequent COVID-19 testing, according to an Aug. 2 news release shared with Becker's.

Norton Healthcare in Louisville, Ky., will require employees, with allowance for religious and medical exemption, to be fully vaccinated, Russell Cox, president and CEO, said Aug. 2. Employees must receive their first dose by Sept. 15.

M Health Fairview in Minneapolis announced Aug. 2 that flu and COVID-19 vaccinations are a requirement for employees and providers, according to a staff memo shared with Becker's. The deadline is Oct. 31, and receiving the shots is a condition of continued employment. M Health Fairview is providing a medical and religious accommodation process.

Kaiser Permanente, an Oakland, Calif.-based organization with more than 216,000 employees and more than 23,000 Permanente Medical Group physicians, said Aug. 2 that it will make vaccines mandatory for workers, with the exception of workers in Oregon. Kaiser spokesperson Michael Foley told Kaiser Health News unvaccinated employees in Oregon will undergo weekly testing; unvaccinated employees in other states must become fully vaccinated or apply for medical or religious exemption. Kaiser's compliance deadline is Sept. 30.

Hawaii Pacific Health in Honolulu said it will require employees to be vaccinated, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Aug. 2. The health system's compliance deadline is Oct. 1. According to the newspaper, employees who obtain medical or religious exemptions must get tested regularly.

Queen's Health System in Honolulu said it will require employees to be vaccinated, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Aug. 2. The health system's compliance deadline is Oct. 1. 

Memorial Hermann Health System in Houston announced its mandatory COVID-19 vaccine policy Aug. 2. Uner the policy, managers and above must be compliant by Sept. 11, the health system said. The deadline for all other employees, in addition to the system’s affiliated providers and volunteers, is Oct. 9. Memorial Hermann will provide exemptions for medical or religious reasons. 

Northwell Health in New Hyde Park, N.Y. is mandating vaccines for its employees after vaccine rates stagnated at 77 percent, the health system told Becker's Aug. 2. Health system employees will have to be fully vaccinated by Aug. 16 or will be required to be tested for COVID-19 on a weekly basis. Unvaccinated employees could also face adverse actions, which could progress to include termination.

All New Jersey hospitals will require their staff to get vaccinated under a new mandate by New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy. Healthcare staff will have until Sept. 7 to get vaccinated or will have to get a COVID-19 test up to twice a week. However, if vaccination rates don't increase significantly, the governor will consider requiring vaccinations for healthcare staff as a condition of  employment, he said Aug. 2.

Arkansas Heart Hospital in Little Rock said July 30 its directors, executives, managers, advanced practice nurses, physicians and physician assistants will be required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by Sept. 30. On Aug. 1, new employees will be required to receive their first dose within 30 days of employment.

Phoenix Children's is mandating vaccines for all staff, effective Oct. 1. The hospital told Becker's July 30 that most of its staff is already fully vaccinated, but it will support the remaining employees as they work toward getting inoculated.

Michigan Medicine in Ann Arbor is mandating its staff be vaccinated against COVID-19, it said July 30. All staff, remote or in-person, must submit proof of vaccination by Aug. 30. Employees who are approved for a religious or medical exemption will be required to complete weekly testing and wear a mask indoors. Ultimately, noncompliant staff will be subject to disciplinary action. As of July 30, 76 percent of hospital employees have reported receiving their COVID-19 vaccines.

Texas Health Resources in Arlington said July 30 that it will require vaccination as a condition of employment. Employees will need to have received either both shots of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or one Johnson and Johnson shot, effective Sept. 10. The policy also applies to physicians and advanced practice providers on the medical staffs, students, vendors and contractors.

NCH Healthcare System in Naples, Fla., is requiring all employees to be fully vaccinated by Sept. 16. The mandate will be a condition of employment, the health system said July 30.

Vidant Health in Greenville, N.C., said July 30 that employees are required to be vaccinated. Managers, physicians and credentialed providers must be vaccinated by Oct. 1. Team members, new hires and contract workers will have until Dec. 1 to be vaccinated. Employees who are granted medical or religious exemptions may be subject to requirements such as weekly COVID-19 testing or reassignments away from working in units with immunocompromised patients.

Conway (Ark.) Regional Health System said July 29 that it will require new hires and leaders, including executive leadership, directors and managers, to get vaccinated. The requirement is effective Aug. 8. Leaders receiving two vaccine doses will be required to receive the second dose by the end of August, the health system said. New hires receiving two vaccine doses will be required to get the second dose within 30 days of employment.   

Millinocket (Maine) Regional Hospital will require employees to receive the Pfizer or Moderna shots when they receive final FDA approval, the Press Herald reported July 29. Staff will be able to request exemptions.

Methodist Health System in Dallas said July 29 that it will require its workforce to be vaccinated by Oct. 1. The health system said once it achieves its workforce vaccination goal, full-time employees will receive a $500 bonus, and part-time employees will receive $250.

Self Regional Healthcare in Greenwood, S.C., is requiring team members to get vaccinated, Fox Carolina reported July 29. The organization said it aims to have unvaccinated employees inoculated by Sept. 30, according to the report.

ChristianaCare said July 29 that it will require employees, medical-dental staff, residents, students, contracted employees, temporary labor, volunteers and vendors to be vaccinated. Caregivers at the Newark, Del.-based health system must receive their first vaccine dose of a two-dose vaccine or their single Johnson & Johnson shot by Sept. 21. 

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia will require workforce members at any location to get inoculated, the hospital said July 29. A deadline has not been announced.

Mary Washington Healthcare in Fredericksburg, Va., will require its workforce to get vaccinated by Oct. 31, the health system said July 29. The requirement will apply to employees, medical staff and volunteers.

CaroMont Health in Gastonia, N.C., is requiring employees to get a COVID-19 vaccine, but it hasn't committed to a specific timeline, according to a July 28 Gastonia Gazette report.

UCHealth, an Aurora, Colo.-based health system with 26,000 employees, said July 28 that it will require employees, providers, volunteers and partners to be vaccinated by Oct. 1. UCHealth's employees may receive the vaccine of their choice or obtain an exemption for medical or religious reasons. Those who obtain an exemption must wear a mask at all times in UCHealth facilities and be tested weekly, the health system said. 

Pullman (Wash.) Regional Hospital will require employees to be fully vaccinated or complete the exemption process, by Oct. 27, the hospital said July 28. Employees can request a medical exemption, religious belief exemption or personal belief exemption. The personal belief exemption will expire on June 1, 2022, or within two months of full FDA approval of a vaccine. 

Baylor Scott & White Health, a 51-hospital health system based in Dallas, is requiring employees, providers, volunteers, vendors, students and contract staff to receive both doses of the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson shot, unless granted an exemption, the health system said in a statement shared with Becker's July 28. The deadline for the requirement is Oct. 1. 

State-run New York hospitals will need patient-facing healthcare workers to get vaccinated by Labor Day, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said July 28. Employees who are not patient-facing and do not get vaccinated will be required to get tested weekly. The requirement will be instated at 10 hospitals and healthcare facilities.

Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Mich., said July 28 that it will require the COVID-19 vaccine for team members, medical staff, students, volunteers and contractors. The 14-hospital health system plans to require vaccination within eight weeks of the FDA approving the first vaccine, or sooner depending on pandemic circumstances. Spectrum will consider exemptions.

Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City said July 27 its employees will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Sept. 15, the system told Becker's. Employees may apply for a medical or religious exemption. About 76 percent of its 5,000 employees have already been vaccinated.

Ascension, a 149-hospital health system based in St. Louis, will require COVID-19 vaccination for its 160,000 employees. Ascension's requirement will apply to workers who provide direct patient care, as well as those who work in health system sites of care or remotely, the health system said July 27. This includes workers employed by subsidiaries and partners; physicians and advanced practice providers (employed and independent); and volunteers and vendors entering health system locations. Ascension said employees have until Nov. 12 to complete the vaccine series and meet the vaccination requirement.

Care New England is moving forward with mandatory vaccination for all staff, the Providence, R.I.-based health system said July 27. Vaccination has been required for students, volunteers and new hires since July 1, and the next step is to require managers to begin the vaccination series before Labor Day, said Care New England. 

Baystate Health said July 26 that employed team members, including those working remotely, clinical staff, contractors, volunteers, students, and those conducting business within the Springfield, Mass.-based health system, will be required to be fully vaccinated by Oct. 1. Employees will be able to request an exemption for religious or medical reasons, and pregnant employees may request a deferral.

California healthcare organizations will be required to have all of their employees fully vaccinated or they will be required to get tested weekly, Gov. Gavin Newsom said July 26. Unvaccinated healthcare employees will also be required to wear appropriate personal protective equipment. The policy will take effect Aug. 9 and employees will have until Aug. 23 to fully comply.

Truman Medical Centers/University Health in Kansas City, Mo., said July 26 that vaccination will be a requirement for staff members, according to KMBC. The deadline to be vaccinated is Sept. 20.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., said all health system staff must be fully vaccinated by Sept. 17. Those who do not meet the deadline will be able to keep their jobs. However, they will be required to complete a formal refusal process, which includes watching education modules, wearing face masks and maintaining social distancing while on campus.

The Department of Veterans Affairs is mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for 115,000 of its front-line healthcare workers, the first federal agency to do so. Starting July 28, those workers have eight weeks to get fully vaccinated or face penalties, including possible removal.

Rush University Medical Center in Chicago is requiring its workers, contractors and volunteers to get the shot. They must be fully vaccinated by Oct. 1. 

HonorHealth in Scottsdale, Ariz., said July 23 that it will require vaccination as a condition of employment. Employees must submit proof of vaccination by Nov. 1. 

Sanford Health in Sioux Falls, S.D., said July 22 that all employees across its 46 hospitals and hundreds of other medical facilities will be required to be vaccinated by Nov. 1. More than 90 percent of clinicians and 70 percent of nurses are already vaccinated, the health system said. Those who do not get vaccinated will not be working, but a final decision on a furlough has not been decided.

Duke University Health System, a three-hospital health system based in Durham, N.C., is requiring vaccination for employees. The deadline for employees is Sept. 21, news station ABC11 reported July 22. 

Cone Health in Greensboro, N.C., said July 22 that it will require vaccination for workers, effective July 30. The mandate will apply to employees, medical and dental staff, professional students and volunteers. The deadline for compliance is Oct. 1. 

UNC Health said July 22 that it will require teammates at UNC Medical Center, UNC Rex Healthcare, Chatham Hospital, Johnston Health, UNC Health Southeastern, UNC Rockingham Health Care, UNC Physicians Network Practices and UNC Health Shared Services locations to get vaccinated. The deadline for employees at the Chapel Hill, N.C.-based health system is Sept. 21.

Wake Forest Baptist Health said July 22 that the Winston-Salem, N.C.-based organization is requiring teammates to be fully vaccinated or obtain an approved medical or religious exemption. The mandate applies to remote workers, physicians, medical residents, faculty, fellows, trainees, contractors, students/visiting students, members of the medical staff, temporary workers and volunteer staff.

Novant Health is requiring team members to be fully vaccinated, the Winston-Salem, N.C.-based health system said July 22. Workers must be vaccinated by Sept. 15.   

Atrium Health is making vaccination mandatory for all teammates, the Charlotte, N.C.-based health system said July 22. Teammates, including remote workers, physicians, medical residents, faculty, fellows, trainees, contractors, students/visiting students, members of the medical staff, temporary workers and volunteer staff, must be fully vaccinated or obtain an approved medical or religious exemption by Oct. 31. 

Arkansas Children's in Little Rock is requiring that its leaders (managers, directors, vice presidents, senior vice presidents and executive vice presidents) receive a first vaccine dose as a condition of employment, according to a message sent July 22 from Marcy Doderer, president and CEO. Leaders must receive their first dose by Aug. 20 and be fully vaccinated by Sept. 30. Beginning Aug. 16, all new Arkansas Children's new hires will also be required to receive a first shot by their start date and a second one within 30 days of employment, said Ms. Doderer.       

OSF HealthCare, a multistate health system based in Peoria, Ill., said July 21 that it will require all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by the end of September. The requirement does not apply to Michigan Nursing Association bargaining unit members. OSF HealthCare has 150 locations in Michigan and Illinois.

Banner Health will require COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment for its roughly 52,000 team members, the Phoenix-based health system said July 20. The deadline for employees to be fully vaccinated is Nov. 1, with limited exceptions. 

Southcoast Health, a three-hospital health system offering services in southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island, said vaccines will be mandated for all employees, staff and providers once at least one of the vaccines receives full FDA approval, The Standard-Times reported July 20. Employees will be able to request exemptions if they have documented medical and religious reasons, or if they are pregnant or intend to become pregnant.

Valley Health, a Winchester, Va.-based health system with 6,300 employees and affiliated physicians, said July 19 that it will add COVID-19 vaccination to its list of required vaccinations for all employees, medical staff members and contractors. Health system officials said the standard is effective immediately for new employees, who must provide evidence of vaccination or complete the vaccination series two weeks before beginning work. Employees who are managers or above and medical staff members must provide evidence of prior completion of the vaccination series or receive their first dose by Aug. 16. Remaining staff have until Nov. 1 to either obtain an exemption or be fully vaccinated.

Tidelands Health in Georgetown, S.C., said July 16 that it will mandate vaccination for employees, employed providers, volunteers, learners and contractors. Employees have until Sept. 7 to comply, and the health system is providing an attestation and declination process for those who cannot get vaccinated for medical or religious reasons. Tidelands Health said employees who have previously tested positive for COVID-19 may also choose to decline the shot.

Hackensack Meridian Health, a 17-hospital system based in Edison, N.J., will require its staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, NorthJersey.com reported July 15. A memo to employees cited by NorthJersey.com gave Nov. 15 as the deadline for the mandate. Workers, including physicians and nurses, must receive at least one dose of the Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson shots by Oct. 1 and a second dose of Pfizer or Moderna by Nov. 15. The deadline to request an exemption is Aug. 16. 

Beacon Health System in South Bend, Ind., said July 15 that it will require employees and others who work regularly at a Beacon facility to be fully vaccinated by Oct. 1. Employees may request an exemption.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn., will require its entire staff to get the vaccine, according to an employee newsletter distributed July 15. All hospital leaders must get the first dose or achieve a medical exemption by Aug. 15 They must fully be vaccinated by Sept. 15. The deadline for all employees is under consideration.

The University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson said July 15 that it will implement a new vaccination policy requiring those who work or learn in a medical center-controlled space to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, with limited exceptions, or wear an N95 mask while at any medical center facility. Medical center officials said those who are fully vaccinated will only be required to wear a mask of their choosing or as determined according to the clinical situation in patient care areas. The policy will be phased in over three months, with all who work in a medical center-controlled space required to be fully vaccinated or wearing an N95 mask at all times on or by Nov. 1.

Hartford (Conn.) HealthCare said July 14 that it will require COVID-19 vaccination for its employees. Health system officials said employees may apply for an exemption, but those without an approved exemption must show proof of vaccination by the end of September.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital said July 14 that the Memphis, Tenn.-based hospital and its foundation partner, ALSAC, are requiring that St. Jude and Memphis-area ALSAC employees be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Sept. 9. In a memo, St. Jude President and CEO James Downing, MD, told employees they must have their final dose scheduled and administered by the deadline, or, if vaccinated outside of St. Jude, have the documentation to the hospital by the deadline date.

University of Chicago Medicine will require its workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19, according to a July 13 memo to students, faculty and staff. The mandate will apply to employees of University of Chicago Medical Center and to medical center volunteers and contractors at both the Hyde Park campus and other medical center sites, health system leaders wrote. They added that the mandate may be subject to discussion with unions representing workers.

Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta said June 12 it is requiring leaders, physicians, providers and new employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, with plans to eventually extend the mandate to all its more than 23,000 workers. As of Sept. 1, the mandate will apply to that initial group and to the rest of Piedmont's employees in "the near future," following Sept. 1.

Virtua Health in Marlton, N.J., will require its more than 14,000 workforce members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Virtua employees must be fully vaccinated by Sept. 15. Virtua said July 12 that all employees, regardless of vaccination status, will continue to maintain COVID-19 safety protocols per CDC guidelines, and it will consider employee requests for exemptions based on religious beliefs or disability/medical condition. 

Inova Health System in Falls Church, Va. informed its 18,000 employees that they will have to be vaccinated by Sept. 1.

Trinity Health in Livonia, Mich., will require its 117,000 employees across 22 states to get the COVID-19 vaccine after the number of employees who received at least one shot stagnated at 75 percent.

St. Luke's Health System in Boise, Idaho, will require its employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19, according to a memo sent to employees July 8 from Chris Roth, president and CEO of the health system. St. Luke's will require all employees, providers, volunteers and contractors to receive their first vaccine dose by Sept. 1. 

Mercy in St. Louis will require its 40,000 employees across 44 hospitals and healthcare facilities to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, health system officials said on July 7. All employees will be required to be vaccinated by Sept. 30.

University Hospital in Newark, N.J. will require all of its employees to be vaccinated, according to a June 30 report.

Yale New Haven (Conn.) Health officials said in a June 30 press conference that all health system employees will be mandated to get the vaccine, however, the deadline is still being determined.

Connecticut Children's Medical Center in Hartford will require all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The hospitals' CEO and president, Jim Shmerling, PhD, said hospital employees will have until Sept. 30 to get vaccinated, according to a June 29 letter to employees.

Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, which employs more than 33,000 people, said June 29 it will require its workforce to be vaccinated, effective Sept. 10. The requirement applies to team members, students, volunteers and contractors. 

SSM Health in St. Louis said June 28 it will require its nearly 40,000 employees, providers and volunteers to be fully vaccinated by late September. Team members can request a medical or religious exemption.

Medical University of South Carolina Health employees were provided a final deadline of June 30 to be vaccinated, or to obtain a medical or religious exemption, as part of the Charleston-based health system's mandate. The health system fired five out of about 17,000 employees for noncompliance.

Mass General Brigham will require employees to be vaccinated, the Boston-based health system said June 24. The requirement will apply to Mass General Brigham's 80,000 employees once one of the three vaccines being distributed in the U.S. is fully approved by the FDA. The health system said employees will be able to request exemption if they are pregnant or intend to become pregnant. Employees may also request an exemption for medical and religious reasons. A deadline for the mandate will be determined after FDA approval. 

Beth Israel Lahey Health in Cambridge, Mass., said June 24 it plans to require all physicians and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and the flu as a condition of employment. Flu vaccination will be required later this year, and COVID-19 vaccination for employees will be required after one of the vaccines is fully approved by the FDA.

Wellforce in Burlington, Mass., which includes Boston-based Tufts Medical Center, will require vaccination for employees, the system said June 24. The requirement takes effect after full FDA approval of one of the vaccines, which is expected later this year.

The Connecticut Hospital Association said June 24 it has adopted a consensus, statewide policy reflecting a commitment by the state's hospitals and health systems to implement mandatory vaccination for employees and clinical staff. The association will develop best practices for implementation.

Meritus Health in Hagerstown, Md., said June 16 it will require vaccination for employees. The requirement applies to employees, medical staff members, volunteers, contractors and partners. As of Aug. 1, new employees must be vaccinated before starting work, the health system said. And as of Sept. 1, all employees, medical staff, volunteers, contractors and partners must be vaccinated or will need to be tested every 14 days. Meritus Health is providing medical and religious exemptions. 

BJC HealthCare in St. Louis will require employees to be fully vaccinated beginning in the fall, according to a June 15 statement from the health system. Employees and those who work in BJC facilities must comply with the mandate by Sept. 15 or receive a medical or religious exception.

San Francisco will require personnel in high-risk settings such as skilled nursing facilities, acute care hospitals, homeless shelters and jails to be vaccinated, the city said June 14. The requirement takes effect once one of the vaccines being distributed in the U.S. receives full FDA approval. 

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. 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 to be fully vaccinated by Sept. 15 unless they receive exemptions for religious or medical reasons, according to a June 10 news release. The requirement applies to vendors, contractors and volunteers who work at Community's hospitals and care sites.

The District of Columbia Hospital Association, said June 9 that hospitals in Washington, D.C., signed a consensus statement to mandate vaccination for their workers. Each of the 14 hospitals will set their own vaccination deadline.   

University of Maryland Medical System in Baltimore announced June 9 that it will require vaccination for current and new employees. The 13-hospital health system said teammembers and partners who remain unvaccinated will be required to get tested weekly, and health system leaders at the manager level and above will have until Aug. 1 to be vaccinated or comply with weekly testing. Beginning Sept. 1, all teammembers will be required to get inoculated or participate in weekly testing.

Children's National Hospital in Washington, D.C., announced June 9 that it is making the vaccine mandatory for all employees. Unvaccinated employees have until Sept. 30 to be fully vaccinated.

The Maryland Hospital Association said June 7 that hospitals and health systems in the state signed a consensus statement to mandate vaccination for their workers. Each organization will set their own vaccination deadline.

Indiana University Health in Indianapolis is requiring employees to be fully vaccinated, The Indianapolis Star reported June 1.  Employees must be vaccinated by Sept. 1 or obtain an exemption.

University of Louisville (Ky.) Health is requiring team members and providers, including residents, fellows and rotating students, to be fully vaccinated by Sept. 1, according to a May 26 news release.

RWJBarnabas Health in West Orange, N.J., is requiring supervisors and employees ranked above them to be vaccinated no later than June 30 and said May 20 that it plans to extend the mandate to all employees.

University of Pennsylvania Health System in Philadelphia said May 19 that it 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.  

Houston Methodist rolled out its mandatory vaccination policy March 31, with April 15 as the deadline for managers to receive at least one dose or get an exemption. All employees had a deadline of midnight June 7 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. 

 

 

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