By the November deadline, all employees should be fully vaccinated against the virus for their protection, along with colleagues and patients with “rare exception,” according to an email sent out to staff.
“We care for some of the most vulnerable people in our communities and we owe it to them to take every measure possible to ensure the safest care environment,” said Peter Fine, president and CEO for Banner Health, in a company-wide email on July 20. “…we are taking this step to reduce risk for our patients, their families, visitors and each other. Safety is an absolute top priority and the COVID vaccine mandate reflects that commitment.”
Banner Health said several reasons come into play with the latest decision that includes the rise of the fast-spreading delta variant and pending the lift of the Food and Drug Administration’s Emergency Use Authorization.
Public health experts say they are seeing signs of a third COVID-19 wave in Arizona as we are starting to see an exponential growth curve.
The delta variant, a more contagious variant, is likely to blame as the state saw a big increase in daily reported cases last week.
Earlier this month, Banner launched an incentive program for employees who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.