BALTIMORE — The University of Maryland Medical System and Johns Hopkins Medicine on Tuesday announced they would be requiring staff to be vaccinated from COVID-19.
UMMS says once a vaccine is granted full FDA approval, more than 29,000 current and new employees at all 13 of their facilities throughout the state will be required to get vaccinated, with limited exceptions for medical conditions, religious beliefs, and pregnancy.
Currently the Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, and Pfizer vaccines only have emergency use authorization.
Until then, UMMS is setting particular deadlines to try and have all staff vaccinated.
Under the new policy, leaders at the manager level and above will have until August 1 to be vaccinated or else they will have to submit to weekly testing.
The rest of UMMS staff will have until September 1.
"We follow the science, and the scientific evidence tells us that from a safety and efficacy standpoint, COVID-19 vaccines represent a dramatic accomplishment and a clear pathway out of this pandemic,” said Dr. Mohan Suntha, President and CEO of UMMS. “As health care professionals, we accept that we hold ourselves to a higher standard and we embrace our mission to devote ourselves to the welfare of those in our care. COVID-19 vaccines are by far the best way to stop the spread of the virus, and given our ethical obligation to our patients, we must take every appropriate measure to keep our hospitals and other locations as safe as possible.”
Johns Hopkins Medicine said they will also impose a September 1 deadline for staff and require weekly testing for those who don't meet it.
“As health care providers, it is our responsibility to do everything we can to end the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Kevin Sowers, President of the Johns Hopkins Health System and Executive Vice President of Johns Hopkins Medicine. “We will do our part to protect and improve the health of our patients, our personnel and our community.
GBMC will also require its employees to be vaccinated by September 1st, while other hospitals and health systems such as LifeBridge Health and MedStar Health are choosing to wait until the vaccines receive full FDA approval.