Providence Hospital System Implements Stringent COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate

The Providence Hospital System, one of the largest Catholic healthcare systems in the United States, has implemented a strict mandatory policy requiring its employees to receive the latest COVID-19 vaccine.

This decision was announced through their InOurCircle app and applies to all employees, regardless of their vaccination status.

The COVID-19 vaccine, which has recently received Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), is specifically designed to combat the latest strains of the virus.

Failure to comply with this directive may result in serious consequences, including unpaid leave or termination.

This policy update comes in response to the increasing cases of COVID-19 and mounting evidence that the updated vaccines are effective in preventing severe illness caused by the latest strains.

The Providence family of organizations, which operates over 50 hospitals, 1,000 clinics, and employs 120,000 individuals across seven states, emphasizes the importance of community health and safety.

However, the mandate has sparked controversy, especially among employees who have personal, medical, or religious reasons for not getting vaccinated.

The organization, known for its commitment to the health of all, particularly those who are disadvantaged, now faces criticism for potentially disregarding the personal freedoms of its own employees.

The situation is further complicated by the confirmation from New York Governor Kathy Hochul that previous vaccinations and boosters do not provide protection against new variants of the virus.

Governor Hochul has made it clear that the updated COVID-19 vaccines for 2023-2024, approved by the FDA, are necessary to combat new variants of the virus like Omicron XBB.1.5.

This statement dispels any notion that previous vaccinations can offer sufficient protection and underscores the seriousness of the current situation.

The Providence Hospital System has set a November 30 deadline for employees to provide proof of vaccination or submit a declination form. Failure to comply may result in removal from the work schedule, unpaid leave, and potential termination.

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