Employee Vaccination Mandate
As health care professionals, it is our responsibility to provide the safest environment possible for both our patients and employees. With billions of doses of the COVID-19 vaccine safely administered worldwide, and over 165 million people fully vaccinated in the United States, the science is clear. The most effective way to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus and to keep our patients, staff, and communities safe is to get vaccinated.
Given the continued evidence of the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine, in combination with the recent rise in transmission rates of the highly contagious Delta variant of COVID-19, Sturdy’s senior leadership team has reviewed the need to mandate vaccination for all employees. With the recent endorsement for vaccination of all healthcare workers from multiple medical societies including the American Medical Association, American Nurses Association, American Hospital Association, Infectious Diseases Society of America, and the Massachusetts Hospital Association, effective August 16, 2021, with FDA approval expected soon, we will join other healthcare leaders and systems across the state and country in requiring all employees, regardless of their role, to be vaccinated against COVID-19. All employees will be required to be fully vaccinated by October 15, 2021.
Vaccination efforts throughout Massachusetts and the country have been critical in reducing the spread of the virus and saving lives. At Sturdy, currently 75% of our employees have already been vaccinated.