Oregon to Require Vaccinations for All Health Care Workers

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On August 19, 2021, just two weeks after announcing that all Oregon health care workers must either be fully vaccinated or test weekly for COVID-19, which we blogged about here, Governor Brown announced that vaccinations will be mandatory for health care workers starting October 18, 2021, assuming the vaccines have full FDA approval by then.  There will not be a testing alternative.  Employers may, however, need to make accommodations for employees with disabilities or sincerely-held religious beliefs that prevent them from receiving the vaccine.

Prior to October 18 and full FDA approval, the Oregon Health Authority rules requiring health care workers to either show proof of vaccination or test weekly remain in effect.

If you have any questions about workplace vaccination policies or exemptions, please contact us.

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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