Another Major Healthcare Provider In The Region Announces Covid-19 Vaccine Requirement

Tue 9-7-2021

(Sioux Falls, S.D.)-- Sioux Falls-based Avera Health announced Tuesday it is requiring all of its physicians, employees and volunteers be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 by this coming December 1st. The order also pertains to students at Avera facilities as well as contractors and vendors. Exemptions will be allowed for religious or medical reasons, however those people will be required to wear personal protective equipment and will be required to undergo regular testing as well as follow other protective measures.

Chief Human Resources Officer for Avera, Kim Jensen, says the decision to issue the mandate was based in part on feedback from employees. She says the majority of them expressed interest in requiring the vaccine. Jensen adds the majority of Avera employees are already fully vaccinated.

Another major healthcare provider in the region, Sanford Health, announced a similar vaccine requirement for its employees back in July, with a deadline of November 1st.