Parkview will require COVID-19 vaccines for employees and partners
In an effort to increase safety from the COVID-19 pandemic, Parkview will require the COVID-19 vaccine for all employees and partners by November 1st, 2021. The vaccine requirement includes employees, medical providers, volunteers, students, contract staff, vendors and board members. This decision was made prior to the Colorado Board of Health’s mandate vote on August 30th.
“As the dangerous delta variant has become the dominant strain, it is evident that vaccination is the most effective and safe avenue to fight COVID-19. We are confident this decision will increase our patient and staff safety, which remains our top priority at Parkview,” stated Leslie Barnes, President and CEO.
The requirement comes as Parkview’s inpatient COVID-19 cases are increasing and the delta variant is spreading rapidly across the country. Parkview is currently caring for approximately 35 COVID-19 patients, an increase of four times from a month ago.
Parkview employees will have a choice of which vaccine they would like to receive. This includes two doses of Pfizer or Moderna or one dose of the J&J vaccine. Additionally, employees who are fully vaccinated by October 31st or have received an exemption will receive a $500 bonus. Exemptions will be granted for valid medical and religious reasons. Anyone who receives an exemption will be required to test weekly and wear a mask at all times. Those employees not in compliance with the vaccine policy will face termination.
“Parkview and our community experienced first hand how deadly this virus can be. The unvaccinated are driving the increase in current cases. Making the COVID-19 vaccine, which is proven effective in decreasing sickness and death, is the most effective way we can keep our patients, staff and community safe,” stated Dr. Sandeep Vijan, Chief Quality Officer for Parkview Health System.
Parkview is encouraging all of the Pueblo and southern Colorado community to do their part in fighting the pandemic by receiving their free vaccine as soon as possible.