Federal COVID-19 vaccine requirements apply to Michigan Medicine bargained-for employees

November 12, 2021  //  FOUND IN: Our Employees

New federal COVID-19 vaccination mandates apply to bargained-for employees who are currently not covered by the organization’s vaccination policy. 

An emergency regulation issued last week by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requires COVID-19 vaccination of eligible staff at health care facilities that participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs, as Michigan Medicine does.

The rule is designed to protect those fighting this virus on the front lines while also delivering assurances to individuals and their families that they will be protected when seeking care.

As a result of this development, Michigan Medicine has begun working to implement the vaccine mandate across all bargained-for employees who were not covered by the university’s original requirement. This requirement also applies in other patient care settings at the university that participate in Medicare and Medicaid programs, such as University Health Service.

Under the CMS rule, employees must receive their first vaccination or apply for a religious or medical exemption by Dec. 6. Employees must be fully vaccinated by Jan. 4, 2022.  

Vaccination information must be self-reported using the university’s vaccination forms. Instructions for submitting vaccination information can be found on the Campus Blueprint website

Paid release time is available for COVID-19 vaccinations. Information about where to receive a vaccination at U-M or within the communication can also be found on the Campus Blueprint website

Employees can also speak with a trained adviser ready to answer questions about the COVID-19 vaccine and its safety by calling 734-764-8021 (select prompt 2). Advisers will not offer medical advice or address issues related to human resources or university policy.

Employees may request a medical or religious exemption using the university’s request process. Employees with an approved medical or religious exemption must continue to follow requirements such as weekly testing and wearing face coverings. 

Human resources teams at Michigan Medicine and on campus have been working with union representatives to discuss the new requirements and how they will be enforced. Additional details will be shared as they become available.

The university’s current vaccination policy remains in effect for all other employees, including approved medical and religious exemptions. Employees with an approved medical or religious exemption must continue to follow requirements such as testing and wearing face coverings.