COVID vaccination required for providers, staff, trainees and learners

UK HealthCare is now requiring COVID vaccination for all providers, staff, trainees and learners, be initiated with at least one dose by Sept. 15 (with a declination process for religious or medical reasons).

What we know to be true

  • These vaccines are performing exceptionally well at preventing severe illness, hospitalizations and death.
  • While not able to stop transmission of the virus from one person to another, they are our best hope for preventing severe outcomes when that happens.
  • The delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 is highly transmissible. As the world around us has relaxed mask and social distancing requirements, infections driven by the delta variant are surging.
  • COVID cases in Kentucky are up more than 200% over the last 14 days.
  • Hospitalizations in Kentucky have more than doubled over the last 14 days.
  • The great majority of COVID-positive patients requiring hospitalization at UK HealthCare are unvaccinated.
  • The risk posed by COVID is far greater than the risk of serious adverse effects of the COVID vaccines.

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Getting beyond COVID

The more the virus is given free range, the more variants we can expect. At this point, vaccines are still highly effective against the current variants. UK HealthCare’s mandatory vaccination is an effort to protect our providers and staff who have been pressed so hard by this disease. Vaccination will reduce hospitalizations and death.

Leadership has been slow to take this step to allow plenty of time for those who have been undecided to gather the information they need.

If you still have questions about the COVID vaccines, please read the information provided and talk to your personal physician.

Watch the recording of the Aug. 4 Town Hall for more information.

Health care worker defined

Required COVID-19 vaccination applies to health care workers as defined in UK HealthCare’s Employee Health Program policy (A03-005):

For the purposes of this policy, a health care worker is defined as any person, paid or unpaid, working within a UK HealthCare facility where there is the potential for exposure to patients and/or to infectious materials, including bodily substances, contaminated medical supplies and equipment, contaminated environmental surfaces, or contaminated air.

A UK HCW means each HCW who is either employed by UK HealthCare or is a volunteer within the UK HealthCare volunteer program. This definition includes but is not limited to physicians, nurses, nursing assistants, therapists, technicians, emergency medical service personnel, dental personnel, pharmacists, laboratory personnel, autopsy personnel, students and trainees, contractual personnel, industry representatives, home health care personnel, and persons not directly involved in patient care (e.g., clerical, dietary, housekeeping, laundry, security, maintenance, billing, chaplains, and volunteers) but potentially exposed to infectious agents that can be transmitted to and from HCWs and patients.

COVID vaccinations available at UK Retail Pharmacies

As a reminder, UK HealthCare now offers first and second vaccinations at the following locations.

Turfland Retail Pharmacy: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson available Tuesday – Friday
Moderna (booster shots only) available on Fridays only

Turfland offers vaccinations both curbside and indoors. You can choose indoors or curbside when you request your appointment.

University Health Pharmacy: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson available Tuesday – Friday
Moderna (booster shots only) available on Fridays only

Alumni Park Plaza: Drive-thru only. 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. (closed noon – 1 p.m.); Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday; Moderna (boosters only) and Pfizer

Click here for full details.

Please note that registration for the third dose for immunocompromised patients will open on Monday, Aug. 23. Click here to read more about this booster dose.