Regional One Health has announced a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for all employees. This mandate aims to protect patients, staff and the community from the transmission of COVID-19, particularly the surging Delta variant.
All Regional One Health employees are required to be fully vaccinated by October 31, 2021. Similar to the flu vaccine and other required vaccinations, being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will be a condition of employment for Regional One Health employees.
This decision follows several weeks of analyzing research, watching growing case numbers in the community, and listening to the guidance of organizations such as the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association and America's Essential Hospitals. The evidence is clear that COVID vaccines for individuals working in a health care setting protect the health of the worker, patients and community.
Since the vaccines were first made available in December 2020, Regional One Health strongly encouraged employees to receive the vaccine and made them available at the hospital. Vaccines will remain available to employees on campus. Vaccination sessions will be increased to accommodate the employees' work schedules. In addition, those who are vaccinated off the hospital campus will be allowed to present proof of vaccination.