Blog RSS https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/ en VUMC Offers Second COVID-19 Boosters to Eligible Employees, Community Members https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/covid-19-news-employees-latest-news/vumc-offers-second-covid-19-boosters-eligible-employees <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">VUMC Offers Second COVID-19 Boosters to Eligible Employees, Community Members</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/coronavirus/users/manleycf" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">manleycf</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 04/25/2022 - 16:59</span> <a href="/coronavirus/blog-post-rss/675" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to VUMC Offers Second COVID-19 Boosters to Eligible Employees, Community Members"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Based on updated CDC <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/booster-shot.html?s_cid=11737:cdc%20booster%20guidelines:sem.ga:p:RG:GM:gen:PTN:FY22">COVID-19 booster guidelines</a> and VUMC’s review of the evidence, VUMC will offer a second booster of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to eligible individuals, ages 50 and over, who received either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.</p> <p>Others who are eligible for a second booster include those who received the Johnson &amp; Johnson vaccine as a first shot and first booster dose, and individuals who are moderately or severely immunocompromised.</p> <p>The CDC states that the option for eligible people to receive a second booster dose and the timing of that dose can be informed by the clinical characteristics, behaviors and preferences of the person and the clinical judgment of the health care provider.</p> <p>Among people who are eligible for a second booster dose, the following people might consider getting the second booster dose as soon as possible (i.e., 4 months after their first booster dose):</p> <ul> <li>People with underlying medical conditions (including those over 65 years of age) that increase the risk of severe COVID-19 disease.</li> <li>People living with someone who is immunocompromised, at increased risk for severe disease, or who cannot be vaccinated due to age or contraindication.</li> <li>People at increased risk of exposure to SARS-CoV-2, such as through occupational, institutional or other activities (e.g., travel or large gatherings).</li> <li>People who live or work in or near an area where the COVID-19 community level is medium or high or are traveling to such an area.</li> </ul> <h3>How To Get Your 2nd COVID-19 Booster from Vanderbilt Health</h3> <p>Patients interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine at VUMC can <a href="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/GetVaccines">schedule vaccination appointments</a> at the vaccination site on the 3rd floor of Vanderbilt Health One Hundred Oaks using My Health at Vanderbilt. </p> <p>Patients who are on the 21st Avenue campus in Nashville for appointments may also get the vaccine at the Medical Specialties Clinic on the second floor of The Vanderbilt Clinic. Ask your care team during your visit.</p> <p>Employees can get their second booster from <a href="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/covid-19/vumc-employee-covid-19-vaccine-information">Occupational Health</a> Clinic. The second COVID-19 booster is not required for VUMC workforce members at this time.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Mon, 25 Apr 2022 21:59:06 +0000 manleycf 675 at https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus VIDEO: Dr. Jeff Balser, President and CEO, discusses recent conviction of a former VUMC nurse https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/JRBVIDEO033122 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">VIDEO: Dr. Jeff Balser, President and CEO, discusses recent conviction of a former VUMC nurse</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/coronavirus/users/manleycf" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">manleycf</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 03/31/2022 - 13:05</span> <a href="/coronavirus/blog-post-rss/674" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to VIDEO: Dr. Jeff Balser, President and CEO, discusses recent conviction of a former VUMC nurse"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>In this video message, Dr. Jeff Balser addresses the recent conviction of a former nurse, VUMC’s culture of safety, and offers the latest on COVID’s impact on the medical center.</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/JRBTranscript033122">Read the transcript.</a></li> </ul> <p><iframe allow="autoplay; fullscreen; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/694580868?h=c271e22e9d" width="640"></iframe></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">2</div> </div> Thu, 31 Mar 2022 18:05:51 +0000 manleycf 674 at https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus VIDEO: Dr. Jeff Balser on Recent Changes to COVID-19 Guidelines https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/JRBVideo031622 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">VIDEO: Dr. Jeff Balser on Recent Changes to COVID-19 Guidelines</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/coronavirus/users/manleycf" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">manleycf</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 03/16/2022 - 12:24</span> <a href="/coronavirus/blog-post-rss/671" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to VIDEO: Dr. Jeff Balser on Recent Changes to COVID-19 Guidelines"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Dr. Jeff Balser, president and CEO of Vanderbilt University Medical Center, outlines recent changes to COVID-19 guidelines that affect all VUMC employees, along with steps being taken to increase staffing.</p> <p> </p> <p><iframe allow="autoplay; fullscreen; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/688914870?h=19b821c425" width="640"></iframe></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/JRBTranscript031622">Read transcript</a>.</li> <li><a href="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/sites/default/files/Relaxed%20COVID%20Safety%20Guidelines.pdf">Review relaxed COVID-19 guidelines</a>. </li> </ul> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">2</div> </div> Wed, 16 Mar 2022 17:24:15 +0000 manleycf 671 at https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus VUMC relaxes COVID-19 infection prevention guidelines in non-clinical areas https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/RelaxedSafetyGuidance <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">VUMC relaxes COVID-19 infection prevention guidelines in non-clinical areas</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/coronavirus/users/manleycf" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">manleycf</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 03/10/2022 - 09:32</span> <a href="/coronavirus/blog-post-rss/670" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to VUMC relaxes COVID-19 infection prevention guidelines in non-clinical areas"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released new guidelines for measuring and categorizing COVID-19 risk in communities across the United States.</p> <p>These new guidelines take into account hospitalizations for COVID-19, new cases of COVID-19 and overall availability of hospital beds. Counties in Middle Tennessee are now classified as low or medium risk for COVID-19.</p> <p>Importantly, the COVID-19 Community Levels do not apply in hospitals and other health care settings. Those locations are considered high risk because of the vulnerability of patients with a variety of health conditions. </p> <p>As a result, VUMC is relaxing certain guidelines around masking and other measures in non-clinical settings.</p> <ul> <li><strong>See the <a href="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/sites/default/files/Relaxed%20COVID%20Safety%20Guidelines.pdf">new guidance</a>, which became effective March 10, 2022.</strong></li> </ul> <p>You can learn more <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/science/community-levels.html">here</a> about the new COVID-19 Community Levels, including maps and an online county level checker.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">2</div> </div> Thu, 10 Mar 2022 15:32:18 +0000 manleycf 670 at https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus Meeting, Gathering COVID-19 Safety Practices Remain in Effect https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/covid-19-news-employees/meeting-gathering-covid-19-safety-practices-remain-effect <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Meeting, Gathering COVID-19 Safety Practices Remain in Effect</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/coronavirus/users/manleycf" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">manleycf</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 02/10/2022 - 10:04</span> <a href="/coronavirus/blog-post-rss/665" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Meeting, Gathering COVID-19 Safety Practices Remain in Effect"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Currently, we have not changed limitations on meetings and gatherings: everyone must stay masked, and there should be no eating during the meeting.</p> <p>We're closely tracking the following metrics of COVID-19 spread in the community, which the CDC uses to measure rate of transmission in a community:</p> <ul> <li>Total new cases per 100,000 persons in the past 7 days</li> <li>Test positivity rate during the past 7 days.  </li> </ul> <p>Tennessee and our local area are still in the "high" transmission (red) range. We'll continue to monitor these metrics. When we reach a "moderate" transmission level, we'll reevaluate our safety practices.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Thu, 10 Feb 2022 16:04:39 +0000 manleycf 665 at https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus COVID-19 Vaccinations Consolidated to 2 Central Locations https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/covid-19-news-employees-latest-news/covid-19-vaccinations-consolidated-2-central-locations <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">COVID-19 Vaccinations Consolidated to 2 Central Locations</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/coronavirus/users/manleycf" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">manleycf</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 02/10/2022 - 09:58</span> <a href="/coronavirus/blog-post-rss/664" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to COVID-19 Vaccinations Consolidated to 2 Central Locations"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Effective Feb. 14, VUMC will consolidate locations where COVID-19 vaccines are available.</p> <p>This change will lessen the significant administrative burden of COVID-19 vaccine oversight required at each location while still providing easy COVID-19 vaccine availability at central VUMC locations. COVID-19 vaccination is available in many locations throughout our community as well.</p> <p>Patients interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine at VUMC can continue to <a href="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/GetVaccines">schedule vaccination appointment</a>s at the Vanderbilt One Hundred Oaks vaccination location. Appointment are made through My Health at Vanderbilt or VUMC Vax online scheduling tool.</p> <p>Patients who are on main campus for care may also get the COVID-19 vaccine at the Medical Specialties Clinic on the 2nd floor of The Vanderbilt Clinic.</p> <p>If increased availability for COVID-19 vaccinations is needed in the future, VUMC will re-evaluate locations to ensure adequate availability.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Thu, 10 Feb 2022 15:58:08 +0000 manleycf 664 at https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus One Hundred Oaks and EPod Testing Sites to Close https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/covid-19-news-employees-latest-news/one-hundred-oaks-and-epod-testing-sites-close <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">One Hundred Oaks and EPod Testing Sites to Close</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/coronavirus/users/manleycf" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">manleycf</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 02/04/2022 - 15:30</span> <a href="/coronavirus/blog-post-rss/662" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to One Hundred Oaks and EPod Testing Sites to Close"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>As the demand for COVID-19 testing begins to decline, VUMC plans to close its COVID-19 testing location at One Hundred Oaks and in the "EPod" on the 21st Avenue campus.</p> <p>The last day of operation for each site is Sunday, Feb. 6. </p> <p>VUMC employees who need COVID-19 tests should go to Occupational Health's Express Care or the Glenrose testing site after that date. Weekend hours will be added at the Glenrose location.</p> <p>VUMC patients requiring COVID-19 test with no symptoms or only mild symptoms not requiring a medical assessment should visit state websites to find testing locations or use an at-home test. </p> <p>Vanderbilt's Walk-In clinics are intended for those who are sick and in need of a clinical exam. Our care team will determine what tests you may need, which may include a test for COVID-19 infection. </p> <p>More information:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/employee-covid-19-testing-information">For VUMC employees</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/testing-covid-19">For patients and the public</a></li> </ul> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Fri, 04 Feb 2022 21:30:21 +0000 manleycf 662 at https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus COVID-19 boosters required for all employees. Deadline is Feb. 14. https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/covid-19-news-employees/covid-19-boosters-required-all-employees-deadline-feb-14 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">COVID-19 boosters required for all employees. Deadline is Feb. 14.</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/coronavirus/users/manleycf" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">manleycf</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 01/20/2022 - 12:22</span> <a href="/coronavirus/blog-post-rss/658" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to COVID-19 boosters required for all employees. Deadline is Feb. 14."> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Based on CDC recommendations, Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) for several months has strongly urged employees to get a COVID-19 booster vaccination, if they are eligible to receive one.</p> <p>Given the exponential spread of the omicron variant, and the evidence that boosted individuals are more protected against infection with this strain, VUMC will now require all employees eligible to receive a COVID-19 booster vaccination to do so by Feb. 14, 2022, unless they have an approved exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement.</p> <p>This is a 2-week extension of the original deadline.</p> <p>Employees not yet eligible for the booster will be required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine booster within 30 days after becoming eligible, unless they have an approved exemption.</p> <p>COVID-19 booster vaccinations are now proven effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19, including disease caused by both the omicron and delta variants.</p> <p>VUMC’s new booster requirement is an important step to protect all patients, families and employees from severe COVID-19 infection and the spread of the COVID-19 virus to those in our environment who are not protected by vaccination (such as those with suppressed immune systems).</p> <p>Employees who have not already received a COVID-19 booster vaccination are eligible:</p> <ul> <li>5 months after receiving their primary series of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine</li> <li>2 months after their initial J&amp;J/Janssen vaccine.</li> </ul> <p>Recall that for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, the primary vaccine series is usually 2 doses of vaccine but may be 3 doses if you have a condition or take medications that suppress your immune system.</p> <p><strong>Here’s what you need to do:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/covid-19/vumc-employee-covid-19-vaccine-information">Register for a booster</a>. The registration form will provide detailed instructions on when and where to receive a booster.</li> <li>If you have questions or need additional information about VUMC’s policy on COVID booster doses, please speak to your manager.</li> <li>For questions regarding the vaccine or options for vaccination, contact the VUMC Occupational Health Clinic at 615-936-0955.</li> <li>Answers to common questions <a href="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/frequently-asked-questions-covid-19-booster-vaccinations">can be found here</a>.</li> </ul> <p>VUMC is not currently requiring employees to provide proof they have received a booster. However, employees may voluntarily submit proof of the booster.</p> <p>If CMS adopts a rule requiring COVID-19 booster vaccinations for all employees of organizations that participate in the Medicare program, VUMC will require proof of booster vaccination as a condition of continued employment at VUMC for all employees unless they have received an approved exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine requirement.</p> <p>Employees who wish to request an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement and/or COVID-19 booster requirement may find information on how to do so at the <a href="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/covid-19/vumc-employee-covid-19-vaccine-information">Vaccine Information Page</a> on the Occupational Health website.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">2</div> </div> Thu, 20 Jan 2022 18:22:46 +0000 manleycf 658 at https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus VIDEO: Dr. Jeff Balser on the omicron surge’s impact on VUMC and its people https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/JRBVideo010722 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">VIDEO: Dr. Jeff Balser on the omicron surge’s impact on VUMC and its people</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/coronavirus/users/manleycf" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">manleycf</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 01/07/2022 - 08:15</span> <a href="/coronavirus/blog-post-rss/653" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to VIDEO: Dr. Jeff Balser on the omicron surge’s impact on VUMC and its people"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>In this week's video message, Dr. Jeff Balser, President and CEO of Vanderbilt University Medical Center, talks about the COVID-19 omicron variant stretching the limits of VUMC’s hospitals and its people, and the newly announced booster requirement for eligible employees to help keep everyone well.</p> <div style="padding:56.25% 0 0 0;position:relative;"><iframe allow="autoplay; fullscreen; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/663181097?h=802b62f4d2&amp;badge=0&amp;autopause=0&amp;player_id=0&amp;app_id=58479" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;" title="Video 37 - CoVid19-Update 26"></iframe></div> <script src="https://player.vimeo.com/api/player.js"></script> <p> </p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/JRBTranscript010722">Read the transcript</a>.</li> <li>Learn more about <a href="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/frequently-asked-questions-covid-19-booster-vaccinations">the booster requirement</a> for VUMC's workforce.</li> </ul> <p> </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">2</div> </div> Fri, 07 Jan 2022 14:15:06 +0000 manleycf 653 at https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus VUMC to Now Require COVID-19 Booster Vaccinations for All Employees https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/covid-19-news-employees/vumc-now-require-covid-19-booster-vaccinations-all-employees <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">VUMC to Now Require COVID-19 Booster Vaccinations for All Employees</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/coronavirus/users/big-chief" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">big chief</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 01/04/2022 - 09:54</span> <a href="/coronavirus/blog-post-rss/650" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to VUMC to Now Require COVID-19 Booster Vaccinations for All Employees"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><em>Edited on Jan. 21, 2022. Replaced with a more recent announcement with new deadline and updated instructions for employees.</em></p> <p>Based on CDC recommendations, Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) for several months has strongly urged employees to get a COVID-19 booster vaccination, if they are eligible to receive one.</p> <p>Given the exponential spread of the omicron variant, and the evidence that boosted individuals are more protected against infection with this strain, VUMC will now require all employees eligible to receive a COVID-19 booster vaccination to do so by Feb. 14, 2022, unless they have an approved exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement.</p> <p>This is a 2-week extension of the original deadline.</p> <p>Employees not yet eligible for the booster will be required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine booster within 30 days after becoming eligible, unless they have an approved exemption.</p> <p>COVID-19 booster vaccinations are now proven effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19, including disease caused by both the omicron and delta variants.</p> <p>VUMC’s new booster requirement is an important step to protect all patients, families and employees from severe COVID-19 infection and the spread of the COVID-19 virus to those in our environment who are not protected by vaccination (such as those with suppressed immune systems).</p> <p>Employees who have not already received a COVID-19 booster vaccination are eligible:</p> <ul> <li>5 months after receiving their primary series of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine</li> <li>2 months after their initial J&amp;J/Janssen vaccine.</li> </ul> <p>Recall that for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, the primary vaccine series is usually 2 doses of vaccine but may be 3 doses if you have a condition or take medications that suppress your immune system.</p> <p><strong>Here’s what you need to do:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/covid-19/vumc-employee-covid-19-vaccine-information">Register for a booster</a>. The registration form will provide detailed instructions on when and where to receive a booster.</li> <li>If you have questions or need additional information about VUMC’s policy on COVID booster doses, please speak to your manager.</li> <li>For questions regarding the vaccine or options for vaccination, contact the VUMC Occupational Health Clinic at 615-936-0955.</li> <li>Answers to common questions <a href="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/frequently-asked-questions-covid-19-booster-vaccinations">can be found here</a>.</li> </ul> <p>VUMC is not currently requiring employees to provide proof they have received a booster. However, employees may voluntarily submit proof of the booster.</p> <p>If CMS adopts a rule requiring COVID-19 booster vaccinations for all employees of organizations that participate in the Medicare program, VUMC will require proof of booster vaccination as a condition of continued employment at VUMC for all employees unless they have received an approved exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine requirement.</p> <p>Employees who wish to request an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement and/or COVID-19 booster requirement may find information on how to do so at the <a href="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/covid-19/vumc-employee-covid-19-vaccine-information">Vaccine Information Page</a> on the Occupational Health website.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">2</div> </div> Tue, 04 Jan 2022 15:54:07 +0000 big chief 650 at https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus VIDEO: In a holiday message from Dr. Balser, encouraging news and challenges ahead in 2022 https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/JRBVideo12162021 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">VIDEO: In a holiday message from Dr. Balser, encouraging news and challenges ahead in 2022</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/coronavirus/users/manleycf" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">manleycf</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 12/16/2021 - 18:19</span> <a href="/coronavirus/blog-post-rss/643" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to VIDEO: In a holiday message from Dr. Balser, encouraging news and challenges ahead in 2022"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>In a holiday message, Dr. Jeff Balser, President and CEO of Vanderbilt University Medical Center, discusses encouraging developments and challenges that lie ahead in 2022. </p> <div style="padding:56.25% 0 0 0;position:relative;"><iframe allow="autoplay; fullscreen; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/657594316?h=51ae52e97e&amp;badge=0&amp;autopause=0&amp;player_id=0&amp;app_id=58479" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;" title="Video 36 - CoVid19-Update 25"></iframe></div> <script src="https://player.vimeo.com/api/player.js"></script> <p><em>Note: After this message was recorded on Dec. 16, 2021, the Metro Public Health Department reported the first confirmed case of the omicron variant in a Nashville resident. </em></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/JRBTranscript121621">Read the transcript</a>.</li> <li>Get your COVID vaccine or booster. <a href="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/occupational-health">Visit the Occupational Health website</a>. </li> </ul> <p> </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">2</div> </div> Fri, 17 Dec 2021 00:19:44 +0000 manleycf 643 at https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus Moving new song dedicated to VUMC workforce https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/covid-19-news-employees/moving-new-song-dedicated-vumc-workforce <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Moving new song dedicated to VUMC workforce</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/coronavirus/users/manleycf" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">manleycf</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 12/10/2021 - 12:05</span> <a href="/coronavirus/blog-post-rss/641" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Moving new song dedicated to VUMC workforce"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>This song is dedicated to you, the workforce of Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Please listen, share and learn more about <a href="https://www.gratitunes.com/">the Gratitude Tree</a>.</p> <p><iframe allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/z-kZ4dx-stI?Rel=0" title="YouTube video player" width="560"></iframe></p> <p style="line-height:1.3800000000000001"><span style="font-size:11pt; font-variant:normal; white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none">Singer-songwriters Mat Kearney and Devon Gilfillian have released a new music video for their song “Times Like This.” This song reflects the ultimate Gratitune inspired by the encouraging notes of gratitude submitted by community members through </span></span></span></span></span></span><a href="http://www.gratitunes.com" style="text-decoration:none"><span style="font-size:11pt; font-variant:normal; white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="color:#1155cc"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="text-decoration:underline"><span style="-webkit-text-decoration-skip:none"><span style="text-decoration-skip-ink:none">www.Gratitunes.com</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></a><span style="font-size:11pt; font-variant:normal; white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none"> to create the Gratitude Tree, Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s first-ever interactive digital art installation. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="line-height:1.3800000000000001"><span style="font-size:11pt; font-variant:normal; white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none">The installation inside the hospital is dedicated to its more than 28,000 doctors, nurses, and staff, while also celebrating the lives saved and honoring those lost in the ongoing fight against COVID-19.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="line-height:1.3800000000000001"><span style="font-size:11pt; font-variant:normal; white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none">Nashville-based artists Mat and Devon composed a mellow track blending sounds of pop and R&amp;B and combined it with lyrics inspired by the community outpour of gratitude to produce “Times Like This.” The song is meant to shine a light on those in the healthcare industry who have bravely endured a strenuous two years.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="line-height:1.3800000000000001"><span style="font-size:11pt; font-variant:normal; white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none">“We wanted to create an anthem inspired by the meaning behind the Gratitude Tree,” said Mat Kearney. “It’s not lost on anyone how hard the staff has had to work, especially over the past two years. This song is meant to uplift their spirits and let them know that so many of us have their backs.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="line-height:1.3800000000000001"><span style="font-size:11pt; font-variant:normal; white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none">“Our community is incredibly important to us,” said Devon Gilfillian. “Mat and I wanted to use our talents in the best way possible to show them how thankful we are for the sacrifices they make to ensure the safety of others.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="line-height:1.3800000000000001"><span style="font-size:11pt; font-variant:normal; white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none">Learn more about <a href="https://www.gratitunes.com/">the Gratitude Tree</a> and add a personal leaf to the growing installation.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Fri, 10 Dec 2021 18:05:55 +0000 manleycf 641 at https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus VIDEO: Dr. Jeff Balser on Omicron and Other COVID-19 Developments https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/JRBVideo12032021 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">VIDEO: Dr. Jeff Balser on Omicron and Other COVID-19 Developments</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/coronavirus/users/manleycf" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">manleycf</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 12/03/2021 - 07:50</span> <a href="/coronavirus/blog-post-rss/638" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to VIDEO: Dr. Jeff Balser on Omicron and Other COVID-19 Developments"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Dr. Jeff Balser, president and CEO of Vanderbilt University Medical Center, shares updates on what is known about the omicron variant, the benefits of COVID boosters before the holidays, and the continued importance of masking</p> <p><iframe allow="autoplay; fullscreen; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/652692325?h=d38b0c43ce" width="640"></iframe></p> <p><a href="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/JRBTranscript120321">Read the transcript</a>.</p> <p><a href="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/occupational-health">Occupational Health's website</a> (for information about COVID-19 vaccines and boosters for employees).</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">2</div> </div> Fri, 03 Dec 2021 13:50:19 +0000 manleycf 638 at https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus VIDEO: Dr. Jeff Balser with updates on new developments about COVID-19 https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/JRBVideo092721 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">VIDEO: Dr. Jeff Balser with updates on new developments about COVID-19</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/coronavirus/users/manleycf" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">manleycf</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sat, 09/25/2021 - 11:06</span> <a href="/coronavirus/blog-post-rss/618" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to VIDEO: Dr. Jeff Balser with updates on new developments about COVID-19"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>In his latest video message to the people of VUMC, Dr. Jeff Balser, president and CEO, discusses successful progress with workforce COVID-19 vaccinations, boosters for patients and employees, an upcoming “check-in“ survey, and ongoing efforts to make VUMC’s environment as safe as possible for everyone. </p> <p><iframe allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/fAy_VT8RSDI?Rel=0" title="YouTube video player" width="560"></iframe></p> <p><a href="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/JRBTranscript092721">Read the transcript.</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/Caregivers-Need-Care-Too">More about Caregivers Need Care, Too.</a></p> <p> </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Sat, 25 Sep 2021 16:06:03 +0000 manleycf 618 at https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus VIDEO: Message from Dr. Jeff Balser regarding results of VUMC's recent "check-in" survey and the future of work from home https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/JRBVideo102821 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">VIDEO: Message from Dr. Jeff Balser regarding results of VUMC&#039;s recent &quot;check-in&quot; survey and the future of work from home</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/coronavirus/users/manleycf" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">manleycf</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sat, 09/25/2021 - 11:06</span> <a href="/coronavirus/blog-post-rss/630" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to VIDEO: Message from Dr. Jeff Balser regarding results of VUMC&#039;s recent &quot;check-in&quot; survey and the future of work from home"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span style="caret-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 14.666666984558105px; font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration: none; display: inline !important; float: none;">Dr. Jeff Balser provides updates on VUMC’s workplace COVID-19 vaccination compliance, insights into the recent “check-in” survey, and information about the future of work from home options for the Medical Center’s workforce.</span></p> <p><iframe allow="autoplay; fullscreen; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/639783797?h=247efac923" width="640"></iframe></p> <p><a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="140f6d82-1b21-4d87-8eab-1202105c0e13" href="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/JRBTranscript102821">Read the transcript.</a></p> <p> </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">2</div> </div> Sat, 25 Sep 2021 16:06:03 +0000 manleycf 630 at https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus Important Reminders and Updates for COVID vaccination requirement https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/covid-19-news-employees/important-reminders-and-updates-covid-vaccination-requirement <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Important Reminders and Updates for COVID vaccination requirement</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/coronavirus/users/big-chief" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">big chief</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 09/14/2021 - 15:12</span> <a href="/coronavirus/blog-post-rss/615" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Important Reminders and Updates for COVID vaccination requirement"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>On Aug. 11 VUMC announced that as a condition of employment all remaining employees not in the leader cohort are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or have an approved exemption from this requirement by no later than Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021.</p> <p>Below are important updates, reminders, and information:</p> <h3>Updates as of 9/10:</h3> <ol> <li>Occupational Health on campus can now provide the Johnson and Johnson vaccine by request to VUMC workforce members at campus vaccination locations. VUMC experts do still recommend an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) due to higher effectiveness and protection against serious illness and death.</li> </ol> <h3>Reminders:</h3> <ol> <li>Full vaccination requires two doses of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or a single dose of Johnson and Johnson (or full series of other WHO-approved vaccine). VUMC Occupational Health is primarily providing the Pfizer vaccine. The Johnson and Johnson vaccine is available upon request. The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is fully licensed by the FDA.</li> </ol> <h3>Information and Resources:</h3> <ol> <li>COVID-19 vaccinations for VUMC employees are available at the following locations, days, and times.<br /> <br /> <strong>NOTE:</strong> Appointments are no longer required. Occupational Health on campus is administrating the Pfizer and J&amp;J vaccine.<br />   <ol> <li>Campus Locations Days and Times: <ol> <li>MCE E-Pod Break Room located outside the 2nd floor of Medical Center East<br /> Days and times for walk-in COVID-19 vaccinations: <ul> <li>Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.</li> </ul> </li> <li>Occupational Health on 6th floor of the Medical Arts Building<br /> Days and times for walk-in COVID-19 vaccinations: <ul> <li>Tuesdays: 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.</li> <li>Wednesdays: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.m</li> <li>Thursdays: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.</li> <li>Fridays: 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.</li> </ul> </li> </ol> </li> <li>Vanderbilt Wilson County, Vanderbilt Bedford and Vanderbilt Tullahoma Harton:<br /> Please reach out to your respective Occupational Health resource at your location: <ol> <li>Vanderbilt Wilson County - Retha Parker, RN, MSN at (615) 453-7232</li> <li>Vanderbilt Bedford County - Angel Whitaker, RN at (931) 685-8404</li> <li>Vanderbilt Tullahoma Harton - Janet Baker, RN at (931) 393-7944<br />  </li> </ol> </li> </ol> </li> <li>Workforce members can apply for an exemption via <a href="https://machform.app.vumc.org/view.php?id=455097">Vaccine Exemption Form</a><br /> <br /> <strong>NOTE:</strong> Medical exemptions require attestation from a licensed medical provider.<br />  </li> <li>Employees do not have to receive vaccination at VUMC. Other vaccination locations can be found here: <a href="https://www.vaccines.gov/">https://www.vaccines.gov/</a>.<br /> <br /> <strong>IMPORTANT REMINDER to report your vaccination:</strong> If you received your vaccination outside of VUMC Occupational Health with another provider or VUMC location other than Occupational Health, you need to either submit a copy of your documentation or give Occupational Health permission to view your eStar record using: <a href="https://redcap.vanderbilt.edu/surveys/?s=PJP7RYJ4ML">https://redcap.vanderbilt.edu/surveys/?s=PJP7RYJ4ML</a><br /> <br /> You will continue to show non-compliance until the vaccination information is provided.<br />  </li> <li>The 3rd dose or booster shots for fully vaccinated employees are not part of the Sept. 30 requirement and currently are only available for immunocompromised individuals until approval is given by the FDA and CDC.</li> </ol> <p> </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">2</div> </div> Tue, 14 Sep 2021 20:12:12 +0000 big chief 615 at https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus VIDEO Message from Dr. Jeff Balser: Through It All, You Continue to Make Sacrifices and Save Lives https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/JRBVIDEO090821 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">VIDEO Message from Dr. Jeff Balser: Through It All, You Continue to Make Sacrifices and Save Lives</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/coronavirus/users/manleycf" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">manleycf</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 09/08/2021 - 08:35</span> <a href="/coronavirus/blog-post-rss/612" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to VIDEO Message from Dr. Jeff Balser: Through It All, You Continue to Make Sacrifices and Save Lives"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Dr. Jeff Balser, president and CEO of Vanderbilt University Medical Center, discusses the tremendous pressure the current COVID surge is placing on VUMC’s hospitals, particularly ICU staffing. He outlines creative actions being taken to provide safe care for as many patients as possible, including redeployment of clinical teams from operating rooms to inpatient areas. </p> <p>He also recognizes the continued sacrifice the VUMC's people are making and notes that we are the backbone of this region. </p> <p><iframe height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/poxXQJcYZiw?rel=0" width="560"></iframe></p> <p><a href="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/JRBTranscript090821">Read the transcript.</a></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Wed, 08 Sep 2021 13:35:22 +0000 manleycf 612 at https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus COVID-19 temporary patient care exemption (simplified accommodation process) criteria updated for all VUMC employees https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/covid-19-news-employees/covid-19-temporary-patient-care-exemption-simplified-accommodation-process <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">COVID-19 temporary patient care exemption (simplified accommodation process) criteria updated for all VUMC employees</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/coronavirus/users/big-chief" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">big chief</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 09/07/2021 - 10:56</span> <a href="/coronavirus/blog-post-rss/610" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to COVID-19 temporary patient care exemption (simplified accommodation process) criteria updated for all VUMC employees"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Effective Sept. 24, there will be a change in the process required to receive an exemption and/or accommodation from patient care duties for suspected or confirmed COVID patients that would put certain VUMC personnel at high risk for adverse outcome if infected by the coronavirus (COVID-19).</p> <p>With more than 80% of VUMC employees vaccinated, the underlying health conditions have been reevaluated to determine those that would continue to pose an adverse outcome for employees if infected by COVID-19 with or without a COVID vaccine.</p> <p>Under the new criteria, the underlying health conditions accepted for the exemption will vary between vaccinated and unvaccinated (exempted) employees.</p> <h3>Vaccinated Employees</h3> <p>The identified underlying health conditions with a vaccine that would trigger a COVID exemption are:</p> <ul> <li>Underactive treatment for solid tumor or hematologic malignancy.</li> <li>Solid organ transplant patient on immunosuppressive therapy.</li> <li>Hematopoietic stem cell transplant in last two years or otherwise on immunosuppression therapy after stem cell transplant.</li> <li>Receipt of CART-cell therapy in last two years.</li> <li>Primary immunodeficiency syndrome (Common Variable Immune Deficiency, DiGeroge Syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome).</li> <li>Advanced (CD4&lt;200) or untreated HIV infection.</li> <li>Active treatment in the last month with one of the following immunosuppressing drugs: <ul> <li>High dose corticosteroids (&gt;= 20mg prednisone or equivalent per day for &gt;= 14 days).</li> <li>Alkylating agents (ex: cyclophosphamide, temozolomide, chlorambucil, carboplatin, cisplatin).</li> <li>Antimetabolites (ex: methotrexate, hydroxyurea, gemcitabine, fludarabine).</li> <li>TNF alpha inhibitors (ex: adalimumab, etancercept, infliximab).</li> <li>Other biologic agents that are immunosuppressive or immunomodulatory (e.g., rituximab, anakinra, golimumab, natalizumab).</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <h3>Unvaccinated (Exempted) Employees</h3> <p>The COVID exemptions for high-risk employees who are not vaccinated with the following health conditions would be exempted from working with COVID patients and in COVID units. These criteria remain the same as the current process.</p> <ul> <li>Over 65.</li> <li>Pregnancy.</li> <li>Immunosuppressive medications.</li> <li>Underlying primary immune deficiency.</li> <li>Solid organ or hematopoietic cell transplant (autologous or allogenic) recipients.</li> <li>Receiving chemotherapy (including oral therapy) in the last year.</li> <li>Underlying lung disease requiring supplemental oxygen or hospitalization for respiratory disease in the last year.</li> <li>Moderate-to-severe asthma.</li> <li>Diabetes not under optimal control (Hgb A1C &gt; 7).</li> <li>HIV/AIDS (if CD4 count ≤ 200)</li> <li>Cardiovascular disease including, but not limited to: <ul> <li>Heart failure (Stage B, evidence of dysfunction)</li> <li>History of myocardial infarction</li> <li>Ventricular arrhythmias</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <h3>All employees must reapply</h3> <p>We are requiring all employees who currently have an approved temporary patient care COVID-19 exemption and who believe they need to continue that exemption and/or accommodation with or without a vaccine to reapply for continued temporary exemption and/or accommodation. To reapply, you will need to complete the <a href="https://machform.app.vumc.org/view.php?id=1204454">COVID-19 Exemption Request Form</a>.</p> <p>Those employees who are vaccinated and reapply for an exemption will also need to complete the <a href="https://hr.vumc.org/system/files/policies/COVID-19ExemptionPartBv3.pdf">Part B from your Provider</a> portion of the exemption requests due to the change in medical criteria. Unvaccinated (exempted) employees reapplying <strong><u>will not</u></strong> have to complete the Part B portion.</p> <p>For employees seeking a new request, you should start by filling out the <a href="https://machform.app.vumc.org/view.php?id=1204454">COVID-19 Exemption Request Form</a>. You will also need to have your treating clinician complete <a href="https://hr.vumc.org/system/files/policies/COVID-19ExemptionPartBv3.pdf">Form B</a> and return to Employee Relations via fax at 615.343.2176.</p> <p>After reviewing the updated criteria and if you are fully vaccinated and do not intend to reapply, please connect with your immediate supervisor to inform them of this so you can be scheduled with the appropriate patient population.</p> <p>If an employee is granted a COIVD-19 temporary exemption and/or accommodation, they will be approved “no work with COVID-19 positive or suspected COVID-19 patients awaiting results of testing when the test was ordered for cause and not for screening of an asymptomatic patient,” and maybe reassigned to non-COVID patient care areas, to the extent possible.</p> <p>Temporary reassignment will be managed by the employee’s home department. This work can include work from home, reassignment within their home department or division, and entity and Command Center labor pools.</p> <p>If temporary reassignment is not an option or the employee refuses assignment, Employee Relations will manage the process to consider permanent reassignment for those individuals, including leave of absence as part of the normal accommodation process.</p> <p>If you have questions related to exemptions and/or accommodations, email <a href="mailto:employeerelations.vumc@vumc.org">employeerelations.vumc@vumc.org</a>.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">2</div> </div> Tue, 07 Sep 2021 15:56:55 +0000 big chief 610 at https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus COVID-19 vaccines available for VUMC employees this weekend https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/covid-19-news-employees/covid-19-vaccines-available-vumc-employees-weekend <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">COVID-19 vaccines available for VUMC employees this weekend</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/coronavirus/users/manleycf" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">manleycf</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 09/02/2021 - 15:20</span> <a href="/coronavirus/blog-post-rss/606" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to COVID-19 vaccines available for VUMC employees this weekend"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Occupational Health will provide COVID vaccination services this weekend at the MCE E-Pod break room, located outside the second floor of Medical Center East, for employees needing their COVID vaccination.</p> <p>VUMC employees can walk in; no appointment is needed.</p> <p>This vaccination service does not offer third COVID booster shots for otherwise healthy individuals. However, third-shot boosters are available at this location for employees who are immunocompromised and have been advised by their health care provider to receive a third vaccine dose.</p> <p>The extended hours are:</p> <ul> <li>Friday, Sept. 3, 5:30-8:30 p.m.</li> <li>Sunday, Sept. 5, 6-9 a.m.</li> </ul> <p>On weekdays, employees may get the COVID vaccine at the MCE E-Pod Break Room between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., also on a walk-in basis.</p> <p>The vaccine at this location is the Pfizer mRNA vaccine.</p> <p> </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Thu, 02 Sep 2021 20:20:59 +0000 manleycf 606 at https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus Important: New OSHA COVID-19 Workplace Standards Take Effect on Sept. 7 https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/covid-19-news-employees/important-new-osha-covid-19-workplace-standards-take-effect-sept-7 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Important: New OSHA COVID-19 Workplace Standards Take Effect on Sept. 7</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/coronavirus/users/manleycf" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">manleycf</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 08/31/2021 - 16:07</span> <a href="/coronavirus/blog-post-rss/605" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Important: New OSHA COVID-19 Workplace Standards Take Effect on Sept. 7"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>In July, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) took the position that the SARS-CoV-2 virus causing COVID-19 will be present for the foreseeable future. As a result, OSHA issued a new safety standard, COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS), specifically for settings where employees provide health care services, and has updated its guidance on COVID-19 mitigation measures for other businesses.</p> <p>On Aug. 24, 2021, the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration (TOSHA) announced their regulations of the Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) on COVID-19, which are set to take effect on Sept. 7.  </p> <p>These regulations apply to VUMC clinical buildings and clinical areas within mixed-use buildings, and importantly are in addition to the already in place and long-standing protections when caring for COVID-19 patients from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, the Metro Public Health Department of Nashville and Davidson County, and the Tennessee Department of Health.</p> <p>What you need to know and do:</p> <p>1. N95 respirators are required to be worn in the care of suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients. The standards require the use of a gown, gloves, eye protection (e.g., face shield, goggles), and an N95 respirator for the care of such patients, regardless of whether an aerosol-generating procedure will be performed. This applies even if caring for patients with symptoms compatible with COVID-19 when the care delivered is for other medical problems.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Do</strong>: Ensure adequate supplies of N95 respirators are present in your clinical areas<br />  </li> <li><strong>Do</strong>: Ensure all persons who now need to wear an N95 <a href="https://www.vumc.org/safety/clinical/n-95-respirator-program">have been fit-tested</a>. These persons should have received an email from the Learning Exchange (LMS) with instructions on how to complete the training, medical evaluation, and fit testing. Ensure that these persons are on track to have this process completed by the end of September. Individuals who have not been fit-tested should still wear a surgical mask as part of the COVID-19 PPE unless the patient is undergoing an aerosol-generating procedure.</li> </ul> <p>2. On Sept. 22, all staff will be enrolled in a COVID-19 training module that is required by the regulations. Deadline for completion is Nov. 15, 2021.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Do</strong>: Complete the online training module in the LMS.</li> </ul> <p>There are other parts of the regulations that require no action on your part, but you should be aware they are being implemented.</p> <p>1. All departments/units are conducting COVID-19 hazard assessments to determine if further protections need to be in place like additional signage, physical distancing and/or physical barriers where needed.</p> <p>2. Continued and ongoing COVID-19 screening for patients, visitors, and employees upon entry into VUMC facilities.</p> <p>3. Expanded Contact Tracing by Occupational Health of potential workplace exposures.</p> <p>4. Continued need to wear facemasks as per VUMC guidance.</p> <p>Further updates will be communicated through MyVUMC and will be posted on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Employees and Patients website. For further guidance, the SOPs and policies related to COVID-19 can be found on <a href="https://vanderbilt.policytech.com/">PolicyTech</a>. You may also be contacted via email or directed by your leader for changes that are specific to your role.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">2</div> </div> Tue, 31 Aug 2021 21:07:26 +0000 manleycf 605 at https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus