Carris Health vaccine requirement deadline approaching, majority of employees have had their COVID-19 shots
The deadline is approaching for Carris Health employees to be vaccinated. Most have been vaccinated. Those who don't meet the Dec. 15 deadline will be placed on unpaid leave.
There is a process for requesting a medical or religious exemption.
The vast majority of Carris Health employees are vaccinated, spokeswoman Teresa Behm said in an email this week.
In August, Carris reported that 92% of physicians and 94% of advanced practice providers were vaccinated.
In a news release in August, Carris said, “As a health care organization, we have made a commitment to do everything in our power to save lives, protect patients and educate the community during this crisis. ... We believe that the decision to require vaccination best serves the collective good of our staff and community. The science shows us that no other strategy has proven to be more effective in fighting this virus."
Employees who are not fully vaccinated by Dec. 15 will be placed on unpaid leave but will be welcomed back in the next year if they are vaccinated, Behm said.
For those who haven’t yet been vaccinated, the single-shot Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine would do the trick. A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after getting that vaccine. A booster is recommended two months later.
With the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, the employees would need to have started their vaccine series in early November. Both vaccines require two shots three or four weeks apart, and a person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after the second shot. Boosters are recommended six months after the second dose for both vaccines.
About 150 people held a rally in September objecting to vaccine requirements from Carris and other employers. People at the rally said they felt they should be able to choose whether to be vaccinated against COVID-19. They said they wanted to be able to choose an alternative to being vaccinated, possibly agreeing to regular testing and wearing masks.