Nuvance Health announced that all members of its workforce are now required to receive COVID-19 vaccinations as a condition of employment or the provision of services at Nuvance Health. The requirement applies to employees, medical staff, volunteers, students and contractors and is consistent with the policies of many health systems and hospitals nationwide who have adopted a similar requirement.
As hospitalizations from COVID-19 rise, and variants present a higher risk of spread, Nuvance Health launched the mandatory COVID-19 vaccine program in order to maintain the safest environment possible for employees, patients and visitors.
“We are convinced that having a fully vaccinated workforce is critically important to ensuring the health and well-being of our employees, patients and community members,” said Dr. John M. Murphy, president and CEO of Nuvance Health. “We have proven throughout the pandemic that we can conquer even the toughest challenges when we work together. We need to continue working together by getting immunized against COVID-19 so we can have a safe environment for our patients and each other.”
Current workforce members must provide documentation that they are fully vaccinated by October 1, 2021. Effective August 23, 2021, new hires must provide documentation of COVID-19 vaccination prior to starting employment.
Members of the workforce who are not fully vaccinated by the deadline or do not have an approved request for accommodation, such as for medical or religious reasons, will be unable to continue employment or provide services at Nuvance Health.
“We believe requiring vaccinations is the right thing to do because we have an ethical obligation to protect our patients and each other. Furthermore, there is abundant evidence that COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19 in a majority of people,” said Dr. Murphy.
Nuvance Health is providing ongoing communications and support for employees to address the reasoning, process, and expectations in preparation for full vaccination.
The health system also encourages workforce members with concerns or questions about COVID-19 vaccines to seek guidance from their primary care provider.
Many leading healthcare organizations have endorsed mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations to protect employees and patients, including the American Hospital Association, American Medical Association, American Nurses Association, Connecticut Hospital Association and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.