Required staff vaccination takes effect Oct. 18
Our hospitals and employees have been working tirelessly for months, treating more patients than ever. We’ve taken extreme measures to try to accommodate all patients; however, along with all Oregon hospitals, we are being pushed to crisis patient levels due to COVID-19. I am asking you to please get vaccinated, so we can end this pandemic together.
On Aug. 25, Gov. Kate Brown published a temporary administrative order requiring health care workers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Oct. 18. The governor took this action to help address Oregon’s hospital crisis caused by the delta variant surge.
Asante intends to fully comply with the COVID-19 vaccine mandate. Vaccination of Asante’s workforce is critical to the safety of our patients, employees and community. As the delta variant tears through our communities, we have undisputed data demonstrating that vaccinated individuals experience better protection against COVID-19: They are less likely to experience severe symptoms, less likely to be hospitalized and less likely to die from the virus. The science is clear — vaccines are safe and effective, and without vaccination, we cannot keep our patients, employees and communities safe.
Asante exists to provide quality care to the people in our communities. We strive every day to be a “trusted health partner” to every patient we serve. In order to provide the highest quality care to our community and be that trusted health partner, we need a vaccinated workforce. Vaccination increases the chances that our employees stay healthy; increases our ability to care for our neighbors who are vulnerable and need care the most; and increases our chances of slowing the tide of COVID-19 and ending this pandemic.
The COVID-19 vaccine mandate has generated many questions. Asante’s leadership team is working through the next steps and has started a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs). As we move through the next several weeks, I encourage you to check the FAQs regularly. We plan to update this with more information as it becomes available. If you have questions, please direct them to co*****@as****.org.
As a final note, you are the heart and soul of Asante, and I thank you for caring for each other and our patients. Two years ago, none of us could have foreseen the challenges we are facing today. Together, I hope we can continue to put our patients at the center of each decision and support one another through these difficult times. Thank you for your commitment to our patients, our Mission and our community.
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