Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP
Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare
Mandating COVID-19 vaccination is certainly a hot topic these days just as motivating healthcare employees to get vaccinated. You may have already made up your mind on what should be done. If you answered yes, no or unsure, you may want to read the Multisociety Statement on COVID-19 Vaccination as a Condition of Employment for Healthcare Personnel, posted on July 13, 2021. [NOTE: this hyperlink takes you to a general website for Cambridge University Press. Once there, look for the Save PDF link so access the article/statement itself.] The statement is 46 pages in length and is worth the read.
This consensus statement by the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) and The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine (AMDA), The Association for Professionals in Epidemiology and Infection Control (APIC), the HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA), the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (PIDS), and the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists (SIDP), recommends that COVID-19 vaccination should be a condition of employment for all healthcare personnel. Exemptions from this policy apply to those with medical contraindications to all COVID-19 vaccines available in the United States and other exemptions as specified by federal or state law. The consensus statement also supports COVID-19 vaccination of non-employees functioning at a healthcare facility (for example, students, contract workers, volunteers, etc.).
Keep reading, especially the points that this recommendation is based on as well as the background information. There is a tremendous amount of information in the recommendation, including legal considerations and federal/state rules. Exemptions (religious and medical) are also addressed.
There are 73 references for the information used to form this recommendation. You’ll also find this information starting on page 32:
I encourage you to share and review this statement with your colleagues and management teams. You can also access additional information on implementation of requiring vaccination using the SHEA Implementation Guide. Both provide a starting point for such discussions in your facility/community if you haven’t done so already.