AdventHealth suspends COVID-19 vaccine requirements for employees

The healthcare organization's decision comes shortly after Gov. Ron DeSantis recently signed a bill to prevent private employers from enforcing vaccine mandates, among other legislation.

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AdventHealth recently announced an update to its COVID-19 vaccination requirements for employees. 

The healthcare organization announced on Thursday, Dec. 2, it plans to suspend the COVID-19 vaccine mandate that was previously in place for employees.

AdventHealth had previously sent a letter to employees saying they had until Monday, Dec. 6, to get their first shot of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or a single shot of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, and until Jan. 4 to receive the second dose of the two-shot vaccines.

The suspension of the employee vaccine requirements comes shortly after Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill to prevent private employers from enforcing vaccine mandates, among other legislation.

Although recent court decisions resulted in the healthcare organization's reconsideration of a vaccine mandate, AdventHealth said it still strongly encourages team members to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. 

“Based on scientific evidence and what we see in our hospitals every day, COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective at reducing both the risk of becoming infected and the level of harm in the case of a breakthrough infection,” AdventHealth said in a statement. “As part of our commitment to protecting the health and well-being of our team members, patients and communities, we strongly encourage all of our team members to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.”





Annabelle Sikes

News Editor Annabelle Sikes was born in Boca Raton and moved to Orlando in 2018 to attend the University of Central Florida. She graduated from UCF in May 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in sociology. Her past journalism experiences include serving as a web producer at the Orlando Sentinel, a reporter at The Community Paper, managing editor for NSM Today, digital manager at Centric Magazine and as an intern for the Orlando Weekly.

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