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15 Sep

September 2021 Oregon HR Legal Updates

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Oregon’s Vaccination Rule for Healthcare Workers is Updated

Update Applicable to:

Employers with healthcare providers and staff in Oregon.

What happened?

On August 25, 2021, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) changed the temporary rule for healthcare worker vaccinations.

What are the details?

The rule changes, effective immediately and through January 31, 2022, remove the periodic testing requirement entirely and now require full vaccination against COVID-19 for any healthcare workers in healthcare settings, or for healthcare workers to provide their employer with documentation of a medical or religious exception on or before October 18, 2021.

By October 18, 2021, employers of healthcare providers and healthcare staff must have documentation of their employees’ full vaccination. Employers must keep the documentation of vaccination or medical/religious exceptions for at least two years and provide them to OHA upon request. After October 18, healthcare providers and healthcare staff who are not fully compliant will not be able to “work, learn, study, assist, observe, or volunteer in a healthcare setting.” Employers may also not employ, contract with, or accept the volunteer services of healthcare providers or healthcare staff persons who are not fully compliant.

The rule change can be read here.

An article on the rule change can be read here.

What do employers need to do?

Employers should review the changes brought to the vaccination rule by the OHA and review their vaccination plans and policies to make any applicable adjustments to stay in compliance.