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Day Kimball Healthcare Announces COVID-19 Vaccinations Required for Workforce

September 2, 2021

Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH) has announced that it is requiring all members of its workforce receive at least their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by November 1, 2021 as a condition of employment unless they are granted a medical exemption or deferral, or an approved religious exemption. The mandate applies to health system employees, medical staff, volunteers, students, contractors and vendors.

The requirement aligns with the Connecticut Hospital Association’s (CHA) statewide commitment by Connecticut’s hospitals, announced in June, endorsing mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for hospital and health system employees and clinical staff.

“By requiring the COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment, DKH joins health systems and associations across the country in supporting vaccination for health care workers in an effort to continue protecting our patients, staff, and communities from this dangerous disease,” said Kyle Kramer, chief executive officer, Day Kimball Healthcare. “Unfortunately, COVID-19 cases are on the rise again due to the threat of variants, and many communities continue to have low vaccination rates.”

Kramer continued, “In keeping with our mission to improve the health and wellbeing of our community by providing the best medical care, and our commitment to providing safe care for patients and a safe work environment for employees, the decision to require vaccinations in our workforce was thoughtfully made. The available COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective, and proven to be the best way to prevent transmission, hospitalizations, and deaths from the virus,” he said.

Individuals may request a COVID-19 vaccination exemption or deferral (to a later date) for a medical reason or sincerely held religious/spiritual belief. Those seeking a medical or religious exemption or deferment must request one by September 30, 2021. Failure to comply with DKH’s vaccine policy will result in that individual not being allowed to work at DKH.

“As a High Reliability Organization (HRO), DKH is committed to providing high-quality, safe care to our patients and a safe workplace to our health system employees,” said John Graham, chief medical officer and vice president medical affairs and quality, Day Kimball Healthcare. “83% of our health system employees, including 100% of our physicians, have voluntarily received vaccinations already. Requiring vaccination for our employees is critical to maintaining a safe care environment. We continually educate staff by sharing vaccine resources and giving the opportunity to directly ask leaders and clinicians questions regarding vaccine research, safety and efficacy.”

Access to the vaccine remains available for DKH staff at no cost through DKH Employee Health and at any of its Day Kimball Medical Group adult and pediatric primary care practices.

Areas of Related Interest

COVID-19 Vaccine | COVID-19 vaccines are being provided to individuals who currently meet Connecticut state eligibility guidelines. Learn more.

COVID-19 Testing | Drive-thru testing for COVID-19 is available at Day Kimball Healthcare Center in Putnam for adult and pediatric DKMG patients with valid doctor's order. Learn more.

Visitor Policies | DKH is limiting visitors at this time. Visitation restrictions may vary by department. Learn more.

Telehealth | Day Kimball is offering telehealth services for many types of appointments. Learn more.

COVID-19 Information & Resources | Things are changing rapidly, but we’re still here for you with the most up-to-date COVID-19 information. Learn more.

COVID-19 Response Fund | You can help our hospital and healthcare workers during this unprecedented crisis. Learn more.

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