Banner Health this week announced it will require staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. In a press release today, Banner officials said that with limited exceptions, all staff must be fully vaccinated by November 1st.
The decision was based on the rise of the Delta variant, the pending lift of the Food and Drug Administration’s Emergency Use Authorization of the vaccine, and patient/workforce protection. Banner says details of the program, including an exemption request process, will be shared with employees in the coming weeks. Earlier this month, Banner launched an incentive program for fully vaccinated staff. They are holding random drawings to choose 10 winners who will each receive 10 thousand dollars. Banner Health is headquartered in Arizona and is one of the largest, secular nonprofit health care systems in the country.