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University of Iowa Health Care is requiring staff to document their vaccination or document their exemption in order to meet the CMS COVID-19 health care staff requirements.

“UI Health Care believes that the best way to protect our faculty, staff, patients and visitors from COVID-19 is through a combination of safety measures, including getting vaccinated,” a message sent to staff on Thursday said. “We are very proud that more than 90 percent of our faculty and staff are vaccinated for COVID-19, which serves as a testament to not only the safety of our UI Health care facilities but to the value our employees place on being informed and choosing to get vaccinated.”

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UI Health Care faculty, staff, volunteers, students, vendors and service providers, as well as select UI employees who support clinical and patient care activities at UI Hospitals & Clinics facilities, are being asked to indicate compliance by Feb. 13.

They can submit their COVID vaccination information through self-service; or apply for a medical exemption; or submit an attestation for a religious or strongly held belief exemption.

Employees who received a full COVID vaccination series through University Employee Health Clinic, which is approximately 70 percent of all UI Health Care employees, require no further action to meet compliance.

Those who received partial or full vaccination elsewhere, or those who are choosing to apply for an exemption, will receive additional instructions in the coming days.

Author: Jacob Hall

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