DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Southeast Health announced on Thursday that they will begin requiring the COVID-19 vaccine for designated healthcare staff beginning in 2022, according to a press release.
Any Southeast Health employee, unless granted an exemption, who is employed at one of their healthcare facilities participating in Medicare and Medicaid programs, will be required to be fully vaccinated by January 4, 2022.
Southeast Health employees will be allowed to request an exemption based on recognized medical conditions or religious beliefs, observances, or practices.
In compliance with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services regulation, physicians, advance practice providers, volunteers, students, and contract staff will also fall under the emergency regulation.
This policy update adheres to the emergency regulation recently issued by requiring the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
The measure is meant to protect patients and improve patient safety by increasing vaccination rates in the healthcare setting, according to Director of Public Relations, Mark Stewart.
Staff and faculty at the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine (ACOM) who do not work in the hospital or a clinic are excluded from the CMS regulation.