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Vaccine Mandate Announced by Cerner with New CEO

Cerner new CEO, David Feinberg, started his position on Friday, the same day the Kansas City health IT behemoth (the city’s largest private employer) informed all US employees that they must be COVID-19-vaccinated. Cerner will require all of its U.S.-based employees to be vaccinated entirely (two weeks after the two-dose Pfizer or Moderna regimen, or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson shot) by December, according to the Star.

“Although no vaccine prevents all infections, the COVID-19 vaccines have been proven safe and highly effective,” said officials from Cerner pandemic task force in a note to employees Friday, according to a report in the Kansas City Star. “Vaccination remains the most effective way of reducing the incidence and severity of the virus.” Cerner statement on Friday happens to fall on the same day that Epic Systems, based in Verona, Wisconsin, demanded that all of its employees be completely vaccinated.

Epic said this summer that all of its US employees would have to be appropriately vaxxed by October 1st, as Healthcare IT News reported in August. But, of course, Epic has had a considerably more aggressive return-to-work timeline, which has caused some debate. Starting in mid-July, employees will be required to spend at least three days a week in the office, according to a company announcement made in June.

On the other hand, Cerner has a mixed in-person/virtual strategy and has given its staff more autonomy. For example, it has stated that its employees will not be obliged to return to work until January 2022. Similarly, until employees started working with providers with their vaccine requirements, the organization did not demand staff vaccines.

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