UofL Health to require personnel to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – UofL Health made a big announcement May 26 when it stated that their team members and providers would be required to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

“We are proud to share that approximately 70% or more of our team members and providers, have already received the vaccine,” Tom Miller, CEO of UofL Health. “However, as a health care organization, we need to do even more.”

Starting Sept. 1, 2021, all UofL Health team members and providers, including residents, fellows and rotating students, will be required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. This includes all doses of a vaccine along with the CDC recommended waiting time from the final dose. All long-term contracted staff, such as food and nutrition services, environmental services and security will also need to be fully vaccinated. It will be mandatory for any new hires to fully vaccinated before they can begin employment with UofL Health.

UofL Health employees who cannot get the vaccination for medical or religious reasons will be allowed to apply for an exemption using the organization’s same process used for Flu vaccine exemptions. UofL Health will comply with all applicable laws related to vaccine exemptions.

“The COVID-19 vaccines currently authorized by the FDA are extremely safe and effective,” said Dr. Jason Smith, chief medical officer for UofL Health. “There are very, very few medical reasons a person would not be able to receive this vaccine. The COVID-19 vaccine is available throughout the U.S., and now those 12-years-old and above are eligible. We recommend our team members and providers schedule and get the vaccine as soon as you can – not only for yourself, your colleagues, and patients, but for those you love as well.”

After the requirement goes into effect, team members and providers who are not vaccinated, and have not received an exemption, may be subject to disciplinary action. Sept. 1 was chosen by UofL because full FDA approval of at least one of the COVID-19 vaccines is expected by that point. If full approval is not granted by then, implementation of this requirement will be delayed.

For more information on the vaccines please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/your-vaccination.html.

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