NEW JERSEY – As the largest academic health care system in New Jersey, RWJBarnabas Health is mandating its staff get the COVID-19 vaccine.
All employees, including new employees and medical staff, are required to be fully vaccinated, completing their second dose by October 15.
The company first mandated vaccination for staff at the supervisor level. As of July 14, 2,979 staff members at the supervisor level are fully vaccinated or received medical and religious exemptions or a deferral.
“It is critically important for our entire RWJBarnabas Health family to be vaccinated,” John F. Bonamo, MD, MS, FACOG, FACPE, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical and Quality Officer for RWJBarnabas Health, said. “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.”
Several national societies who represent medical professionals have recommended that all healthcare personnel should be vaccinated against COVID-19.
RWJBarnabas Health stated that those who are non-compliant with this mandate will result in separation from the organization.