NorCal healthcare systems detail the consequences for workers who refuse to authorize a COVID-19 vaccine

Major health care systems operating in the greater Sacramento area said they plan to begin disciplining workers who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 beginning Friday, and those who do not comply with the obligation may face termination soon. Thursday is the deadline for California health care facilities to fully vaccinate their employees. The state’s vaccination mandate applies to all workers, paid and unpaid, who work in health care facilities. This includes doctors, nurses, technicians, security personnel, food service workers, cleaners, students, and others. KCRA 3 reached out to the region’s largest health care systems Thursday to get the latest information on immunization rates and policies for pedestrians. We also asked how health care services will be affected by a potential staff shortage after this week’s deadline. The health care provider said they could be fired by December 1 if they choose not to comply with vaccine requirements. Kaiser said that since the vaccine requirement was announced for the service provider’s 216,000 employees on August 2, vaccination rates have risen to 90%, up from 78%. Doctors vaccination rates are now 97%. Employment – It is to ensure that our workforce, patients and communities are as safe from the virus as possible. “We are optimistic that the vast majority of our employees will choose to be vaccinated, and ultimately, our vaccine mandate is to motivate our workforce – and we believe many of their family members too – to get educated, vaccinated and do their part in helping over 90%,” Dignity HealthDignity Health said. of employees in Northern California have been vaccinated or have an approved exemption. Non-compliant workers will go on unpaid administrative leave beginning Friday and may eventually be fired if they do not comply. said Brian Evans, president and CEO of Dignity Health Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, Staffing is already an issue for their system across the region. Service, which could include elective procedures, is expected to be affected, and Sutter Health said it has a 98% compliance rate. A Sutter Health representative said this includes 92% of employees and 97 % of affiliated providers, representing more than 55,000 healthcare professionals Those who do not comply with the mandate ‘will not be allowed to be on site’ and will be given unpaid leave in consideration. from Friday. If they are still out of compliance by October 15th, they will be fired. “Vaccination against COVID-19 remains critical to protecting our healthcare workers, their loved ones, and the communities who tirelessly cared for them, and we strongly encourage those who can be vaccinated to do so as soon as possible,” Sutter Health said in a statement. “Knowing that the vast majority of our caregivers are vaccinated against COVID-19 is a welcome relief to those fighting on the front lines, and we hope those who are yet to be vaccinated will follow their leadership in supporting the safety of our shared communities,” UC Davis told UC Health. Davis Health that nearly 94% of the 15,002 eligible workers for the vaccine have either been fully or partially vaccinated and their special authorization is already in effect.There have been more than 900 requests for exemption, some of which have been granted, Davis Health said. Overall, UC Davis Health says that about 50 employees have not complied with the mandate and the health system does not anticipate any staffing issues or staff shortages. As a result, “the first steps of a progressive disciplinary process have begun with these employees,” a UC Davis Health spokesperson explained. Official that this means that these employees take unpaid leave.If they are not cleared of employment within a period of time specified by their employment status or union contract, their employment may be terminated.No workers have even been fired, UC Davis Health said. right Now.

Major health care systems operating in the greater Sacramento area said they plan to begin disciplining workers who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 beginning Friday, and those who do not comply with the obligation may face termination soon.

Thursday is the deadline for California health care facilities to fully vaccinate their employees. The state’s vaccination mandate applies to all workers, paid and unpaid, who work in health care facilities. This includes doctors, nurses, technicians, security personnel, food service workers, hygiene staff, students, and others.

KCRA 3 reached out to the region’s largest health care systems Thursday for the latest information on immunization rates and policies for people with disabilities. We also asked how health care services will be affected by a potential staff shortage after this week’s deadline.

Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente employees who haven’t been vaccinated or approved for an exemption can take unpaid administrative leave starting Friday. The health care provider said they could be fired by December 1 if they choose not to comply with vaccine requirements.

Kaiser said that since the vaccine requirement was announced for the service provider’s 216,000 employees on August 2, vaccination rates have risen to 90%, up from 78%.

Kaiser said doctors’ vaccination rates are now 97%.

“Our goal is not to end anyone’s employment — but rather to ensure that our workforce, our patients, and our communities are as safe as possible from the virus,” Kaiser said in a statement. “We are optimistic that the vast majority of our employees will choose to be vaccinated, and ultimately, our vaccine mandate is to motivate our workforce — and we believe many of their family members too — to get educated, vaccinated, and do their part in helping end this pandemic.”

health dignity

Dignity Health said more than 90% of employees in Northern California are vaccinated or have an approved exemption. Non-compliant workers will go on unpaid administrative leave starting Friday and could eventually be fired if they don’t comply.

Staffing is already an issue for their system across the region, said Dr. Brian Evans, president and CEO of Dignity Health Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. Service, which can include optional procedures, is expected to be affected.

Health Sutter

Sutter Health said it has a 98% compliance rate.

A Sutter Health representative said this includes 92% of employees and 97% of affiliate providers, representing more than 55,000 healthcare professionals.

Those who do not comply with the mandate “will not be allowed to be on site” and will be given unpaid leave from Friday. If they are still out of compliance by October 15th, they will be fired.

“Vaccination against COVID-19 remains critical to protecting our healthcare workers, their loved ones, and the communities who tirelessly cared for them, and we strongly encourage those who can be vaccinated to do so as soon as possible,” Sutter Health said in a statement. “Knowing that the vast majority of our caregivers are vaccinated against COVID-19 is a welcome relief to those fighting on the front lines, and we hope those who are not yet vaccinated will follow their leadership in supporting the safety of our shared communities.”

University of California at Davis Health

UC Davis Health said nearly 94% of the 15,002 eligible workers for the vaccine have either been fully or partially vaccinated and their special authorization is already in effect. A ministry spokesman said there were more than 900 requests for exemption, some of which had been granted.

Overall, UC Davis Health says about 50 employees have not complied with the mandate and the health system does not anticipate any staffing problems or shortages as a result.

“I have begun the first steps of a progressive disciplinary process with these employees,” UC Davis Health said. A spokesperson explained that this means that these employees are taking unpaid leave. If they are not cleared of employment within a period of time specified by the employment status or union contract, their employment may be terminated.

The University of California at Davis Health said no workers have been laid off yet.

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