COVID-19 News for Employees

A collection of published posts about policy changes and other information to help you do your job at VUMC. Explore other links under the Clinician and Employee Guidance tab for additional resources.

 

 

COVID-19 boosters required for all employees. Deadline is Feb. 14.

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. 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.

VIDEO: Dr. Jeff Balser on the omicron surge’s impact on VUMC and its people

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.

VUMC to Now Require COVID-19 Booster Vaccinations for All Employees

Edited on Jan. 21, 2022. Replaced with a more recent announcement with new deadline and updated instructions for employees. 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.

VIDEO: Dr. Jeff Balser on Omicron and Other COVID-19 Developments

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 Read the transcript.

VIDEO: Dr. Jeff Balser with updates on new developments about COVID-19

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. 

Important Reminders and Updates for COVID vaccination requirement

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. Below are important updates, reminders, and information:

VIDEO Message from Dr. Jeff Balser: Through It All, You Continue to Make Sacrifices and Save Lives

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.  He also recognizes the continued sacrifice the VUMC's people are making and notes that we are the backbone of this region.