WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Ascension said it will require the COVID-19 vaccination for all employees.
It includes associates employed by subsidiaries and partners; physicians and advanced practice providers, whether employed or independent; and volunteers and vendors entering Ascension facilities.
The company said the timeline for completing the vaccine series and meeting the requirement will be Nov. 12, 2021. It is aligned with the annual influenza vaccination requirement and will follow a similar implementation process.
In those instances when an employee may not be able to get vaccinated due to a medical condition or strongly held religious belief, Ascension will provide a process for requesting an exemption similar to the process used for the annual influenza vaccine. In addition, the requirement will be implemented in accordance with collective bargaining agreements reached between Ascension business entities and unions representing associates.
The provider said ten of thousands of Ascension associates have already been vaccinated with the available vaccines, as have millions of people across the country and the world.
Meanwhile, at Wesley Healthcare vaccinations are not required.
Wesley Healthcare has spent every day for more than a year and a half fighting COVID-19. We’ve seen the impact it has had, and we know the vaccine is the next best step to a sense of normality and the opportunity to get back to the activities we love with friends and family. For that reason, we began aggressively vaccinating our colleagues in mid-December, and continue to strongly encourage vaccination.
While Wesley colleagues are not required to be vaccinated for COVID-19, our infectious disease experts, as well as those at the CDC, are strongly encouraging vaccination as a critical step to protect individuals from the virus. Our hospitals follow guidance outlined by the CDC regarding protocols for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals in our facilities, including universal masking for all colleagues, patients and visitors.Dave Stewart, Wesley Healthcare Market Director