APIC: Health care workers should be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 – Clinical Daily News

A coalition of organizations led by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (APIC) sent a letter Friday encouraging state leaders to require healthcare workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Unlike earlier pandemics, there is now no mandate that healthcare workers be vaccinated.

“Those of us who are health care professionals have an ethical responsibility to protect individuals entrusted to our care from vaccine-preventable diseases when they receive treatment in health facilities,” the letter said.

A total of 17 organizations were part of the effort, including the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, the American Nurses Association, the American Public Health Association, the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care, the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, the Surgical Infection Society, and the National Institutes of Health. Some of these are American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

“We believe that all vaccines recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) should be required for healthcare workers providing services in any healthcare setting. This includes following the latest ACIP COVID-19 vaccination recommendations,” the letter said.

Patricia Jackson, RN, said in a statement that the rise in COVID-19 cases and the start of flu season is a good time to “spread accurate, science-based information about the effectiveness and safety of the vaccines.” He said this will “help ensure that our health care workers are fully protected from vaccine-preventable infectious diseases and can provide safe care to individuals seeking medical attention.”

“Our organizations encourage state political leaders to work with public health agencies to address concerns and ensure the public is informed about vaccine efficacy/effectiveness and risks,” the letter said. “To provide accurate, science-based information to help do this.”

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that as of September 23, positive COVID-19 tests decreased by 1.1% compared to the previous week.

The move comes just after the Food and Drug Administration approved the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine. There are now three different COVID-19 vaccines approved by the federal government.

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