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SIDP Joins SHEA and Other National Organizations in Saying COVID-19 Vaccines Should be Required for Healthcare Personnel

SIDP is pleased to announce our participation in a multisociety statement recommending COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment (SHEA Press Release). Specifically “Hospitals and other healthcare facilities should require employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19, according to a consensus statement by the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) and six other leading organizations [including SIDP] representing medical professionals working in infectious diseases, infection prevention, pharmacy, pediatrics, and long-term care. The statement specifies exemption for those with medical contraindications, and some other circumstances in compliance with federal and state laws.”

SHEA convened a multiorganizational panel of experts in infectious disease prevention, law, and human resources, with representatives from The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine (AMDA), The Association for Professionals in Epidemiology and Infection Control (APIC), the HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA), the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (PIDS), and the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists (SIDP). The panel a conducted an eight-week review of evidence on the three vaccines authorized for use in the United States, vaccination rates, and employment law to develop the statement.   

The paper explains what to consider in developing a policy of COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment, including a thorough overview of current vaccines safety and efficacy, legal considerations, ways to engage stakeholders and improve vaccination rates before implementing a policy of vaccination as a condition of employment, and advantages to having a fully vaccinated workforce.

About SIDP

SIDP is an association of pharmacists and allied healthcare professionals dedicated to promoting the appropriate use of antimicrobial agents. SIDP membership is comprised of 1,500 members in hospital, academic, industry, governmental organizations, and other practice settings across all 50 states and throughout the globe. The mission of SIDP is to advance infectious diseases pharmacy and lead antimicrobial stewardship in order to optimize the care of patients.



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