Monument Health now put vaccine mandate in for COVID-19

RAPID CITY, S.D.(KBHB) — Monument Health announced on Thursday it will require all physicians and caregivers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by December 1, 2021.

“We are grateful for all of the hard work and heroism our physicians and caregivers have shown throughout this pandemic,” said Brad Archer, chief medical officer for Monument Health, in a news release. “We look forward to the day when COVID-19 is no longer a threat to our care teams, our patients, and our communities. The only way to get there is through vaccination.”

The requirement applies to all physicians and caregivers – regardless of whether they work clinical or non-clinical jobs.

Proof of vaccination must also be provided.

Monument Vice President for Medical Affairs Dr. Shanar Kurra says anyone wishing to file an exemption must do so by November 1.

Those granted an exemption will be required to wear a face covering and maintain social distancing even if masking restrictions are relaxed in the future.

He says Q&A sessionS with employees will also take place ahead of the deadline…

The December 1 deadline also applies to the influenza vaccine, which can be given at the same time as the COVID shot.