Spectrum Health to Require COVID-19 Vaccine for Team Members
Spectrum Health announced Wednesday that it will require the COVID-19 vaccines for all of its team members, medical staff, contractors, volunteers and students.
The health care system will require the vaccine within eight weeks of the FDA approving the first vaccine and will consider exemptions as required by law. Spectrum Health says it may act more quickly if it sees a risk to team member or public health as a result of the delta variants or subsequent variants.
“As a mission-driven organization, we are here to improve health, inspire hope and save lives,” said Spectrum Health President & CEO Tina Freese Decker in a statement. “We must do all we can to take care of each other and our community. Together, our actions will serve to save lives and shorten the impact of the pandemic – both clear benefits to the public good. We thoroughly reviewed the scientific evidence and interviewed and debated with experts, both internal and external, to understand the facts. After robust conversations and time spent reviewing the science behind the vaccines, we reached our conclusion.”
“We agree with the science behind the vaccines, the facts related to the effectiveness of the vaccines and the thorough process the FDA takes in approving vaccines. We are applying the same logic to the COVID-19 vaccine as we did in requiring the flu and other vaccines. As a health organization that cares about our team members’ health and our communities’ health, we support the science and will act accordingly.”
Spectrum Health is a not-for-profit health system that employees more than 31,000 workers and comprises 14 hospitals.