Banner Health to require COVID-19 vaccinations for all staff by Nov. 1

Jul 20, 2021, 2:13 PM | Updated: 4:25 pm
(Facebook Photo/Banner Health)...
(Facebook Photo/Banner Health)
(Facebook Photo/Banner Health)

PHOENIX — Arizona’s largest hospital system announced Tuesday that all employees are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Nov. 1.

Banner Health President and CEO Peter Fine said the decision was made “to reduce risk for our patients, their families, visitors and each other.”

“Safety is an absolute top priority and the COVID vaccine mandate reflects that commitment,” Fine said in a press release. “The vaccine data has fully supported the safety and efficacy to prevent disease and reduce its severity.

“There is overwhelming evidence for us to act on behalf of the communities that rely on us to care for and protect them.”

Banner added that the rise of the Delta variant and preparation for flu season contributed to the decision.

More details on the program, including an exemption request process, will be made available at a later date.

The hospital system, which is in Arizona and five other states, employs about 52,000 staff.

Banner earlier this month introduced an incentive program for staff who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, offering $10,000 prizes to 10 employees.

Arizona News

(Facebook photo/City of Avondale, AZ)...
Ali Vetnar

Avondale creates new leadership roles for public safety to address city growth

The city of Avondale announced Tuesday that Police Chief Dale Nannenga will be appointed as public safety chief, part of new leadership roles created to better address the needs of its growing community.
6 hours ago
(Photo courtesy of Monica Villalobos)...
Taylor Tasler

Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce CEO credits roots for career success

Courage in culture sums up the story of Monica Villalobos, CEO of Arizona's Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and one of the most influential Hispanics in Arizona.
6 hours ago
(Flickr photo/ADOT)...

Multiple closures to hinder drivers on Valley freeways this weekend

Valley drivers will face closures on portions of Interstate 10, U.S. 60, Loop 101 and Interstate 17 this weekend.
6 hours ago
Arizona teachers chant in support of the #REDforED movement in front of the State Capitol on April ...

Arizona ranked as one of the worst states in the country for teachers

A personal finance website ranked Arizona as one of the worst states in the country for teachers, citing a high student-to-teacher ratio and educator turnover.
6 hours ago
(Pexels Photo)...
Kevin Stone

Arizona minimum wage rising by 65 cents to $12.80 in 2022

The minimum wage in Arizona is going up by more than 5% to $12.80 per hour in 2022, but it's not expected to affect hiring, according to one state business leader.
6 hours ago
(Phoenix Housing Photo)...

Apartment project in Phoenix to receive $500K as part of affordable housing grants

The redevelopment of a Phoenix apartment community was picked to receive a $500,000 grant as part of a statewide initiative to finance affordable housing projects.
6 hours ago
Banner Health to require COVID-19 vaccinations for all staff by Nov. 1