West Orange, NJ, July 26, 2021– RWJBarnabas Health, the largest academic health care system in New Jersey, is extending its COVID-19 vaccine mandate to all RWJBarnabas Health staff including all employees, new employees and medical staff. The deadline for full vaccination and completion of the second dose is October 15, 2021.
RWJBarnabas Health recently mandated vaccination for staff at the supervisor level and above with great success. As a result, the vast majority of the management team has been vaccinated against COVID-19. As of July 14, 2,979 staff members, or 99.7 percent, who are at the supervisor level and above, have been fully vaccinated or received medical and religious exemptions or a deferral.
“It is critically important for our entire RWJBarnabas Health family to be vaccinated,” said John F. Bonamo, MD, MS, FACOG, FACPE, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical and Quality Officer for RWJBarnabas Health. “As healthcare workers and team members, we are obligated ethically and professionally to do everything we can to keep our patients and colleagues safe. This obligation is not met if unvaccinated staff are treating and interacting with our patients, or are at risk of spreading COVID-19 to each other.”
Multiple national societies representing medical professionals have jointly recommended that vaccination be required for all healthcare personnel as a condition of employment, and many health systems, including others in New Jersey, are doing just that. COVID-19 vaccination prevents serious illness, hospitalization and death.
Documented declines in cases since mass vaccination began prove the COVID-19 vaccines are both safe and effective, and are crucial to decreasing the spread of the virus.
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As with the mandatory management vaccine program, non-compliance with this mandate will result in separation from the organization.
In addition, all vendors and volunteers will need to show proof of vaccination.
RWJBarnabas Health will continue to offer vaccination for the foreseeable future for all team members as well as the community. To schedule a COVID-19 vaccination, please register at www.rwjbh.org/covid19vaccine.