PeaceHealth Not Bluffing with Vaccine Mandate

The deadline for caregivers at PeaceHealth has passed, and a lot of people are now on unpaid administrative leave.   

All caregivers at the hospital were required to provide either proof of vaccination or a medical or religious exemption by the end of August. As of Aug. 26, 13% were still noncompliant, according to KEZI. By Aug. 31, only 9% remained unvaccinated, or unwilling or unable to have an approved exemption.   

PeaceHealth officials say that as of Sept. 1, between 350 and 500 caregivers remained unvaccinated counting caregivers from hospitals, clinics, and administration. “That includes 250 to 375 unvaccinated caregivers within PeaceHealth’s four Lane County hospitals,” a PeaceHealth official said to KEZI. 

The health care provider will have more concrete numbers next week as several people have chosen to request exemptions or get vaccinated this week.   

The Oregon Nurses Association claimed that about 111 nurses chose to not adhere to the directive, many leaving a pair of shoes and a note at the entrance of the hospital as a form of protest. Notes with the shoes told the reader how long the shoe owner had been at PeaceHealth. One pair belonged to a caregiver who had been there for three decades.  

By Sally K Lehman