UnityPoint CEO Clay Holderman released his weekly video on Monday. Holderman said he is grateful to the more than 10,000 employees who chose to get vaccinated as a result of the company’s policy.
November 1 marked the beginning of the full implementation of the company’s vaccine policy.
“During this time and through this process, you know, we had some rough conversations,” he said. “There were some conversations that were emotionally charged, but at the end of the day, the policy has achieved its purpose. We are a safer place to receive care and to give care going forward.”
Holderman said the process has been “complicated.”
“It started as one policy that we tried to uniformly apply across all of our geographies,” he said. “Then we had President Biden’s announcement and the intent stated to pass rules through CMS, through OSHA, through federal contracting guidelines. And we saw the state of Illinois pass mandate language that altered our implementation in Illinois. And just last week, we saw the state of Iowa come in with a rulemaking that’s specific to this geography.”
Holderman said that means the numbers will “fluctuate.”
“We have a small number of team members who have not complied yet,” he said. “And each of them will have outreach from human resources specific to the geographies in which they live.”
Holderman said the company has been “very successful” in getting more vaccinations in its geographies.