The implementation date of this requirement will vary by region due to local and state regulations and conditions, but all Dignity Health employees must be vaccinated by Nov. 1.
“As health care providers, we have a responsibility to help end this pandemic and protect our patients, our colleagues, and those in our communities – including the most vulnerable among us,” said Lloyd H. Dean, CEO of Dignity Health. “An abundance of evidence shows that the vaccines are safe and highly effective. Throughout the pandemic we have made data-driven decisions that will help us best fulfill our healing mission, and requiring vaccination is critical to maintaining a safe care environment.”
By requiring the COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment, just as it does with the flu (influenza) vaccine, Dignity Health joins health systems and associations across the country in supporting vaccination for health care workers in an effort to continue protecting patients, staff, and communities from COVID-19. Medical and religious exemptions will be available for those who qualify.
Throughout the pandemic, Dignity Health has implemented a broad range of safety measures to be able to continue providing essential health care services to everyone in its communities, including those battling life-threatening COVID-19 infections. Unfortunately, COVID-19 cases are on the rise again due to the threat of variants, and many communities continue to have low vaccination rates. According to the CDC and FDA, all COVID-19 vaccines available in the United States are highly effective in preventing serious illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19.