Here’s how the Philadelphia Covid mandate for health workers worked
Citing widespread staff shortages in his industry, Mr Parkinson said his group would continue to seek a testing alternative to prevent workers from leaving for other jobs.
In Philadelphia, hospitals are the largest employer, with some 57,000 workers, according to an estimate from Philadelphia Works, a nonprofit organization.
The city’s experience also underscored the work needed to persuade all employees, especially those of color, to get vaccinated, according to hospital officials.
In the University of Pennsylvania health care system, the adoption of his term on September 1 initially widened the gap between vaccination rates for white and black staff. Speaking with employees of color, doctors and administrators said they were explicit about the role race and racism played in decision-making and were keen to introduce workers of color, including doctors, to pharmacists and security guards in their campaign. The system’s immunization rate has increased from 70 percent to almost 100 percent.
While leaders were told that holding town halls was not effective, Dr Florencia Greer Polite, an obstetrician, said she believed the problem was often the “all white” make-up of the signs.
“You have to have the right messenger,” agreed Michael Young, executive director of Temple University Health System, who has worked with his union and community members. Main Line Health, another local hospital group, said it relied on “vaccine ambassadors” to speak to employees in departments like catering and housekeeping.
In Philadelphia, Ms Brooks-LaSure said it was clear leaders of hospitals and nursing homes had focused on the concerns of workers who were unsure of the safety of the vaccine. Women worried about the effect of the vaccine want to hear, “It’s going to be okay for my baby, it’s going to be okay for me,” she said.