COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement Information

Vaccination Deadline 10am on September 21 - Exemption Application Deadline September 7 

Duke Health Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Key Messages

  • The PDC and Duke University Health System (DUHS) – in alignment with the North Carolina Healthcare Association (NCHA) position statement – has revised our health care worker vaccination requirements. Consistent with our values and commitment to zero harm for our patients and team, DUHS now requires that all health care team members, regardless of work location, must receive and share documentation of completed COVID-19 vaccination by 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021, as a condition of employment.
    • PDC team members are required to submit proof of two doses of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
    • If team members have received their full, complete vaccinations through Employee Occupational Health & Wellness (EOHW), they do not need to submit documentation. If they received their vaccination(s) in the community, (such as a retail pharmacy or a Duke patient clinic), they will need to submit their vaccination documentation to
    • The new mandatory COVID vaccination policy does allow limited exemptions. Team members seeking approved medical or religious exemptions must submit their application by Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021. Application forms for staff are available at PDC Direct Hires should complete this version of the exemption application. 
    • Team members who do not comply will receive a final written warning and face progressive administrative action potentially leading to termination of employment. 

PDC and DUHS made this decision for three key reasons:

  1. We are committed to keeping our patients, team members and the community safe and healthy. Similar to our existing influenza vaccination policy, the COVID vaccine requirement aligns with our core value of “caring for our patients, their loved ones and each other.”
  2. While about 75 percent of team members have been vaccinated, we need to significantly increase that percentage to keep everyone safe.
  3. The new Delta variant is very dangerous, spreads rapidly and is highly transmissible.
    • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported July 16 that new cases of COVID-19 are up by nearly 70 percent in just a week, due largely to the Delta variant. Hospitalizations are up by nearly 36 percent.
    • Current infection rates overwhelmingly are in unvaccinated people who are being infected with the Delta variant. Similarly, those hospitalized with the COVID-19 virus are more likely to be unvaccinated.
  • The revised DUHS policy and NCHA position statement are based on scientific data from public health and infectious disease experts around the U.S., which show the vaccines to be both safe and effective in significantly reducing COVID transmissions. This is especially important for health care workers.
    • Vaccination helps protect you from getting sick or severely ill with COVID, and it protects those around you – family, patients, coworkers, friends and others. 
  • The new mandatory vaccine requirement is a condition of employment and applies to everyone who works or trains at PDC:
    • The new policy applies to all PDC team members, which includes providers, volunteers, students/learners, residents, those who are job shadowing and temporary employees. This also includes remote-first workers.
    • Team members who get the two-dose vaccine need to be aware of the waiting period between the two doses. Please plan accordingly to ensure all doses are completed by Sept. 21, 2021.
  • PDC and DUHS joins dozens of other health systems in the U.S. that now require, or are in the process of requiring, their employees to become vaccinated. This includes:
    • Barnes-Jewish Hospital
    • Houston Methodist
    • Johns Hopkins Hospital
    • Medical University of South Carolina Health
    • New York-Presbyterian
    • St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
    • Trinity Health (across 22 states)
    • UNC Health Triangle Locations
    • University of California Health
    • University of Pennsylvania Health System
    • Yale New Haven Health

Thank you for taking this important step to keep yourself, your families, our patients and communities safe.

Last Updated: 08/10/21



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