DENVER (CBS4)– Gov. Jared Polis is urging the state board of well being to require the COVID-19 vaccine for employees working with susceptible populations and locations the place individuals obtain important medical care.
“After a lot consideration and conversations with each senior dwelling trade leaders, affected person advocates, and leaders in healthcare, I’m writing at present to ask that you simply have interaction in expedited rulemaking to require the vaccine for all personnel working instantly with our susceptible populations, personnel working in amenities with medically susceptible populations, and personnel within the settings the place individuals obtain important medical care,” Polis wrote in a press release.
Though Colorado is dealing with higher than another states, there’s a rise in COVID-19 circumstances, largely because of the Delta variant which is extra simply transmissible and might result in extra extreme signs.
“In Colorado, many main hospitals have already taken this step, together with UCHealth, Banner Well being, Denver Well being, Kids’s Hospital Colorado, SCL Well being, Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Heart, Nationwide Jewish, Boulder Group Hospital and Kaiser Permanente. A number of senior dwelling amenities comparable to Genesis and Vivage have additionally instituted a vaccine requirement. These leaders have shared with me their private wrestle to make this determination, considerations about their workforce and potential impacts on their sufferers. In our conversations, these leaders have shared that whereas they know they made the precise determination and are prepared to do their half, that is exhausting and will exacerbate workforce stress and shortages. Subsequently, they urged me and for the state to behave on a extra complete strategy to the complete healthcare and caretaker workforce in an effort to stop extra disruption to the workforce’s wants. As an employer, we observe what we preach and the State of Colorado will announce at present that we are going to be requiring all personnel working in our 24/7 amenities obtain their first dose by September thirtieth as a situation of employment,” learn the governor’s letter.
Earlier this month, Polis introduced that unvaccinated state employees should start serial testing and proceed to put on masks whereas indoors in public areas.
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