Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium is making it mandatory for all new employees to get the COVID-19 vaccination series. That includes new hires, contractors on location, and students/learners, such as those completing internships or practicums.
Also, those existing SEARHC workers who refuse the vaccine will lose access to break rooms, fitness centers, or gymnasiums at SEARHC locations. They will be required to wear N95 face masks at work, and will be required to participate in all meetings via phone or teleconference.
Those who are vaccinated for COVID-19 and who travel may return to work immediately upon receiving a negative COVID-19 test, while those who are unvaccinated will be required to quarantine for seven days and provide a negative test result. They will also need to use their own leave account of paid time off to complete their quarantine.
The new order was issued by SEARHC administration and is effective immediately. SEARHC has over 1,000 employees and serves 28 communities in Southeast Alaska, where it primarily serves the Alaska Natives living in the region.
Medical exemptions are being allowed on a case-by-case basis.