SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Intermountain Healthcare, Utah’s largest health care provider, announced Wednesday that it will require all its caregivers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to comply with pending federal rules.
Dr. Mark Briesacher, the chief physician executive with Intermountain Healthcare, said the hospital system will be complying with federal vaccination requirements announced by President Joe Biden in September.
“Following this government rule will enable us to continue to care for patients and members in our communities and help keep our caregivers as safe as possible, which is critical to our mission,” he said in a statement.
About 80% of Intermountain’s care providers are already fully vaccinated. Unvaccinated employees can seek medical or religious exemptions under a process that’s already in place for other vaccinations, Briesacher said.
Employees will have until Jan. 5 to get their first shot. Those who don’t comply will be placed on administrative leave.
University of Utah Health, the state’s second-largest healthcare system, approved a resolution requiring employees to be vaccinated in August.