Hennepin Healthcare is proud of our team’s commitment to the people we serve – a commitment that has driven one of the highest employee COVID-19 vaccination rates among metro hospitals. As we watch with increasing concern the continued spread and mutation of the virus, we are aligning with other healthcare systems and CDC recommendations for healthcare personnel by making COVID-19 vaccination a requirement for all team members, who must receive their first dose of vaccine by October 1 and their second dose in a two-dose series by November 1.
The COVID-19 vaccination requirement applies to all Hennepin Healthcare System employees, including those who are working remotely, as well as others working within our facilities. Employees may request an exemption from vaccination for limited medical reasons consistent with CDC recommendations or sincerely held religious beliefs.
The COVID vaccine is safe and the best defense available to reduce the risk of death, severe illness, and continued spread of the virus. Hennepin Healthcare’s decision to implement this requirement comes after collecting feedback from unvaccinated employees and allowing opportunities to address concerns or barriers.
Since rolling out its first employee vaccination event on December 18, 2020, more than 86% of Hennepin Healthcare’s 7000 team members have received the COVID-19 vaccine. Washing hands often using soap and water or hand sanitizer, keeping a safe distance from others, and wearing a mask or face covering also help reduce the risk for spreading COVID.