1. Which vaccines are accepted?
Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer and Moderna are all accepted.
2. Can I request an exemption from the vaccine?
Yes. We will allow exemptions for strongly held religious beliefs or approved medical reasons. A form will be provided at the time of your pre-employment physical to request.
3. What is the deadline to recieve my vaccine shot?
All employees must be fully vaccinated by Nov. 1, 2021.
4. What if I already received the first dose but never got the second dose?
Bring your vaccine card with you to your pre-employment physical if you have it. You must complete both doses to be fully vaccinated.
5. How can I provide proof of my vaccine status?
Vaccine status can be verified in one of several ways:
- Copy of official vaccine card
- Documentation from Wisconsin Immunization Registry
- Signed letter from the healthcare provider who administered the vaccine, identifying the manufacturer, lot number and date of administration
*Each is subject to verification
6. Does the COVID-19 vaccine requirement apply to remote workers?
The COVID-19 vaccination requirement applies to all employees, staff, vendors, students, volunteers and others employed by or for Froedtert Health.
7. Will this be an annual vaccination, like with the flu?
We do not know at this time if COVID-19 booster vaccines will be required. If booster doses are necessary, then they will be required just like influenza vaccine.
8. What will happen if I choose not to get vaccinated and do not have an approved religious or medical exemption?
Vaccination is a requirement of employment. If you do not complete the full vaccination series or receive an approved exemption, you will be removed from the schedule for 7 days, If the requirement is not met after 7 days, we will assume you have voluntarily resigned from your position.
9. Why is Froedtert Health requiring employees to be vaccinated?
We are requiring the vaccine to protect the health of staff and patients due to the highly contagious variants and increase in infection rates.
10. Are other health systems requiring staff to get vaccinated against COVID-19?
Many other health systems in southeast Wisconsin and the U.S. are requiring their staff to receive COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of continued employment.
11. Is the vaccine requirement legal?
This policy was developed in compliance with obligations under federal, state and local law. It was developed with a considerable amount of thought and legal advice. Medical and religious exemptions for those with sincerely held religious beliefs will be provided, and we will take all necessary steps to protect the privacy of health information. There is no violation of HIPAA, international law, privacy rights or any other federal, state or local law with this policy. The fact that the vaccines are still in the emergency use authorization stage is no barrier to implementing this policy.
In short, we have carefully considered the legal arguments and determined that this policy is compliant. I respect the fact that you may disagree, but compliance with this policy will be a condition of continued employment at Froedtert Health.
12. Isn’t vaccination disclosure a HIPAA violation?
This vaccine requirement is a condition of employment and therefore vaccination status is not a HIPAA issue.