Community Health Network, the Indianapolis-area’s third largest hospital system, said Thursday that it will require all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Sept. 15.
The system joins IU Health, the state’s largest hospital system, which announced a similar policy on Tuesday.
Community Health said more than 60 percent of the system’s 16,000 employees have already voluntarily received the vaccine since becoming eligible to receive it in December.
Employees have a Sept. 15 deadline to be fully vaccinated.
“Since the pandemic started, our caregivers have proven time and again to be heroes in the face of daunting and sometimes frightening challenges,” Community President and CEO Bryan Mills said in a written statement. “Getting vaccinated is one more step in the collective fight against COVID-19.”
Community also requires the flu vaccine as a condition of employment. As with the flu vaccine, exemptions for the COVID vaccine will be made for religious or medical reasons, it said.
The system said vendors, contractors and volunteers are included in the vaccine requirement. Patients and visitors will continue to be required to wear masks while on site.