PeaceHealth says it will require COVID-19 Vaccination

PeaceHealth, a health system based in Vancouver, Washington, with four hospitals in Lane County, announced that starting Aug. 31, all caregivers will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit a qualifying medical exemption.

The mandate will apply to Oregon employees, but it’s not immediately clear how it will work with Oregon’s existing state law barring employers from requiring healthcare workers to get vaccinated “as a condition of employment.”

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According to the news release from PeaceHealth, unvaccinated individuals will be subject to regular COVID-19 testing, as well as additional masking, potential reassignment to non-patient care settings and other safety protocols. The policy will apply to all caregivers, including providers, students, contractors, vendors and volunteers. 

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