PHOENIX - Valleywise and Dignity Health say all of their employees must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by Nov. 1.
The public hospital systems say they will exempt workers with specific religious and medical reasons.
"We care for populations hardest hit by the pandemic and we have a responsibility to take every measure possible to ensure the safest care environment," said Steve Purves, president and CEO of Valleywise Health. "The evidence is compelling and clear: Available vaccines are safe and effective at preventing COVID-19, especially the severe illness and death it can cause. Vaccines also reduce the risk people will spread the virus that causes COVID19."
Both Valleywise and Dignity Health say they will exempt workers with specific religious and medical reasons.
"As health care providers we have a responsibility to help end this pandemic and protect our patients, our colleagues, and those in our communities," Dignity Health said in a statement on August 12. "Requiring vaccination for our teams is critical to maintaining a safe care environment."
The decision mirrors the ones made by Banner Health and HonorHealth, both Arizona-based hospital chains that are requiring employees to be fully vaccinated by Nov. 1 as a condition of employment. The Mayo Clinic is requiring all employees to be vaccinated by Sept. 17 or complete an opt-out process and wear masks at all times.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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