GLENWOOD SPRINGS, COLO. – Valley View announced plans for a mandatory vaccination program for all staff. The new policy will require full vaccination by Monday, November 1, 2021.
“As a healthcare organization, it is paramount that we do everything we can to provide high quality care to our patients in a safe environment. The COVID-19 vaccines offer the most effective way to protect our patients and staff from the virus and variants. After careful consideration, we are announcing this policy and taking the next important step to end the pandemic,” shared Brian Murphy, MD, Chief Executive Officer of Valley View.
Valley View joins other hospitals and healthcare organization around the state and country introducing the mandate to protect hospital workers and patients. On August 30, 2021, the Colorado Board of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) approved an order directing all healthcare institutions under its jurisdiction to implement policies mandating the COVID-19 vaccine for all employees as a condition of employment and for all contractors, vendors, volunteers, etc. Valley View is under the jurisdiction of CDPHE and this policy complies with their order.
“Science has shown that the vaccines are safe and effectively reduce the risk of becoming infected, spreading the virus to others and becoming severely ill or dying from the disease. I am proud and grateful to those Valley View staff who have already gotten fully vaccinated. We will work with staff who are not vaccinated to answer their questions and address their concerns so they can feel confident in receiving the vaccine,” said David Brooks, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Valley View.
Valley View offers vaccine exemptions for specific medical contraindications and deeply held religious beliefs within parameters allowed by the recent CDPHE order. Accommodations will be developed according to an individuals’ specific role but at a minimum will include enhanced Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) while in any Valley View location.
For 18 months, Valley View has cared for patients with COVID-19 across its network of care. From those experiencing moderate complications from COVID-19 to those requiring hospitalization, Valley View staff have served on the frontlines of responding to the pandemic. “Our team members have seen first-hand the devastating effects the COVID-19 virus. They have persevered and demonstrated an incredible commitment to caring for our patients and serving our community. By getting vaccinated, our staff will continue to lead the way in turning the tide on this pandemic,” said Dawn Sculco, RN, MS, CNS, Chief Nursing Officer of Valley View.