PeaceHealth joins different well being care suppliers in mandating vaccines for ‘caregivers’


Seven needles filled with vaccine doses sit on a table next to the gloved hand of a medical worker.

A file picture of COVID-19 vaccine preparation from a drive-thru vaccination clinic at Portland Worldwide Airport, held April 9, 2021.

Kristyna Wentz-Graff/ OPB

One other well being care system within the Northwest is requiring workers to get vaccinated.

PeaceHealth, the Catholic nonprofit based mostly in Vancouver, stated Tuesday that each one “caregivers” should get vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19, or present a medical purpose why they will’t, by the tip of August. PeaceHealth leaders stated workers who don’t get vaccinated “shall be topic to common COVID-19 testing, in addition to extra masking, potential reassignment to non-patient care settings, and different security protocols” based on a written assertion.

The announcement comes a day after Kaiser Permanente made a similar decision relating to its employees. Like Kaiser, PeaceHealth put its vaccine mandate within the broader context of staying forward of the delta variant of COVID-19, with Dr. Doug Koekkoek, PeaceHealth’s chief doctor government, noting a “rise in hospitalizations.” Koekkoek characterised the present state of the pandemic as a “public well being emergency.”

“We imagine all healthcare employees who’re medically ready ought to get a COVID-19 vaccine to maintain themselves, our sufferers, and our communities secure,” Koekkoek stated in PeaceHealth’s written assertion.

Each mandates seem to battle with an Oregon regulation that ostensibly prohibits employers from requiring well being care employees to get vaccinated. Kaiser is predicated in Oakland, California, however is one in every of Oregon’s largest personal well being care suppliers. PeaceHealth is predicated in Southwest Washington however has a number of amenities in Oregon, clustered within the Eugene-Springfield space.

Kaiser acknowledged the Oregon regulation in its assertion, however stated the requirement does apply to its Oregon staff. PeaceHealth made an identical acknowledgement in an e mail to OPB.

Now 4 well being programs have introduced they’re requiring that employees in Oregon get photographs. Along with PeaceHealth and Kaiser, Oregon Well being and Science College and the U.S. Veterans Administration are requiring workers to get vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19.

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