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CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield to require workforce to get vaccinated

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, a not-for-profit and the largest health care company in the mid-Atlantic region, announced Monday it will make COVID-19 vaccinations a requirement for its workforce, Boards of Directors and guests.

CareFirst has set a Nov. 1 deadline for unvaccinated employees, including those who work remotely today or in the future, to become fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or to apply for a medical or religious exemption.

The company is requiring the same for all contingent workers who enter CareFirst facilities or are engaging in person with community and business partners on behalf of CareFirst.

CareFirst already required its workforce to be fully vaccinated if engaging in person with the community and business partners on behalf of the company. The company continues to provide updated educational resources from medical experts on the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines in partnership with community organizations.

In addition to implementing COVID-19 vaccine policies to safeguard the workforce and workplace, CareFirst will enforce the same guidelines for guests who enter the company’s facilities and attend CareFirst-sponsored events.

These safety measures serve as an extension to protect employees and the various populations they interface with throughout the region. As a precaution, CareFirst employees and contingent workers will not be required to attend in-person functions or meetings where similar protocols are not enforced.