Sentara Healthcare Updates Community on COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

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Provided by Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center

It is Sentara’s priority to protect the health and safety of team members, patients and visitors. In August, their employee vaccination policy was updated to include a COVID-19 vaccine requirement with a deadline of Oct. 18, 2021.

As of Oct. 21, 2021, 94% percent of Sentara’s 29,000+ employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have received an approved exemption. An additional 3% percent of employees have received their first dose and are progressing toward full vaccination.

The remaining 3% percent of employees have records that do not reflect a vaccination or an approved
exemption. This includes some employees on family or medical leave. They have an extended deadline to
become compliant with the policy when they return from leave.

Employees not in compliance with the vaccination policy will move forward with Sentara’s standard disciplinary process. An unvaccinated team member can still receive the COVID-19 vaccine or an approved exemption to become in compliance. Unvaccinated employees will wear additional personal protective equipment (PPE) consistent with CDC guidelines.

“We are most appreciative of our team members who embraced the importance of this safety standard and
received a COVID-19 vaccine or an approved exemption,” said Michael Gentry, Chief Operating Officer for
Sentara Healthcare and the Sentara COVID-19 Task Force Executive Leader. “It is also critical that we reassure our community we are safely caring for you and your loved ones.”

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