The Infectious Diseases Society of America, the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society released a joint policy statement supporting mandatory immunizations for all health care workers with the vaccines recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.
“Although some voluntary [health care worker] vaccination programs have been effective when combined with strong institutional leadership and robust educational campaigns, mandatory immunization programs are the most effective way to increase [health care worker] vaccination rates,” the statement read. “As such, when voluntary programs fail to achieve immunization of at least 90% of [health care workers], the Societies support [health care worker] policies that require [health care worker] documentation of immunity or receipt of ACIP-recommended vaccinations as a condition of employment, unpaid service, or receipt of professional privileges.”
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