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11/18/2021
Press Release

ASHP Joins Healthcare Experts Supporting OSHA's COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement

Today, ASHP joined 60 healthcare organizations and professional societies and more than 30 healthcare experts in support of requiring companies with 100 or more employees be vaccinated or tested for COVID-19. This requirement by the Occupational, Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is reasonable and essential to protect workers.

The joint statement and full list of signatories is below:

Statement Supporting OSHA’s COVID-19 Vaccination or Testing Requirement

Tragically, over 750,000 Americans have died of COVID since the beginning of 2020.1 Many thousands have died from COVID contracted on the job, such as while caring for patients, supporting the elderly, preparing food for customers, selling goods in stores, and protecting the public from crime, fires, and other threats.  

For example, in North Carolina nearly a quarter of COVID clusters are linked to workplace, retail and food settings.2 COVID has also inflicted many other societal harms including loss of educational achievement and job opportunities, and increases in mental health challenges and social isolation, all of which have disproportionately hurt the most vulnerable.3,4

To overcome COVID and the highly transmissible Delta variant, and return to “normal,” we need to substantially increase the vaccination rate from its current level of under 60 percent. We need to vaccinate about another quarter of the American population, roughly 80 million more people.  

Vaccines are effective in preventing COVID cases, hospitalizations and, most importantly, deaths. Compared to the vaccinated, the unvaccinated are 11 times more likely to die.5  A recent study shows that in the United States, vaccines are five times more effective in preventing serious illness and hospitalization than a previous COVID infection.6 Any vaccine risk is considerably less common and less serious than the consequences of contracting COVID.

Finally, we know that vaccine mandates are effective.  When employers require workers to get vaccinated, vaccination rates increase to over 90 percent.7-9  This is especially true for people who intended to get vaccinated but have just delayed or procrastinated. Courts have repeatedly supported the legality of employer mandates. 

We — physicians, nurses and advanced practice clinicians, health experts, and health care professional societies — fully support the requirement that workers at companies with over 100 workers be vaccinated or tested. This requirement by the Occupational, Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is reasonable and essential to protect workers.

We encourage all businesses with 100 or more employees to not delay in implementing this standard.

Requiring masks for all unvaccinated workers by the December 5th deadline will be key to keeping customers and fellow workers safe during the holiday shopping and travel season. And getting workers vaccinated or tested by the January 4th deadline will further protect workplaces and communities, bringing us closer to normal life and the end of this pandemic. 

From the first day of this pandemic, businesses have wanted to vanquish this virus. Now is their chance to step up and show they are serious. Implementing these commonsense OSHA standards is an important step for our workers, businesses, and the nation as a whole. 

Signatories

Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP)

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI)

American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM)

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

American Association of Clinical Endocrinology (AACE)

American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP)

American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST)

American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)

American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG)

American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT)

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)

American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians (ACOEP)

American College of Physicians (ACP)

American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM)

American College of Surgeons (ACS)

American Epilepsy Society (AES)

American Geriatrics Society (AGS)

American Medical Association (AMA)

American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association (AMRPA) 

American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA)

American Public Health Association (APHA)

American Psychiatric Association (APA)

American Psychological Association (APA)

American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) 

American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)

American Society of Hematology (ASH)

American Society of Nephrology (ASN)

American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology (ASPHO)

American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)

American Thoracic Society (ATS)

Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO)

Association of Academic Health Centers (AAHC)

Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)

Association of Bioethics Program Directors (ABPD)

Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses (APHON)

Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN)

College of American Pathologists (CAP)

Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS)

Doctors for America (DFA)

Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association (HOPA)

Illinois Pharmacists Association (IPhA)

Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA)

LeadingAge

National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP)

National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP)

National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA)

National League for Nursing (NLN)

National Medical Association (NMA)

National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC)

New Hampshire Nurses Association (NHNA)

Nurses Who Vaccinate (NWV)

Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (OADN)

Philippine Nurses Association of America (PNAA)

Society of Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants (SEMPA)

Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO)

Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM)

Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists (SIDP)

Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR)

Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI)

The John A. Hartford Foundation (JAHF)

The Patient Is U Foundation (TPIU)

Transcultural Nursing Society (TCNS)

Nahid Bhadelia, MD, MALD
Founding Director, Boston University Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases Policy and Research

Uché Blackstock, MD
Founder and CEO, Advancing Health Equity

Oni Blackstock, MD, MHS
Founder and Executive Director, Health Justice

Luciana Borio, MD

Rick Bright, PhD
Former U.S. HHS Deputy Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response and Director of BARDA

Esther Choo, MD, MPH
Professor of Emergency Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University

Cedric Dark, MD, MPH, FACEP
Assistant Professor | Emergency Medicine
Baylor College of Medicine

Natalie Dean, PhD
Assistant Professor, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University

Carlos Del Río, MD
Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
International Secretary for the National Academy of Medicine 

Mark Dybul, MD
Professor of Medicine, Georgetown University
Former Head of PEPFAR and The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD, PhD
Vice Provost for Global Initiatives, University of Pennsylvania

Jeremy Samuel Faust, MD, MS
Brigham and Women's Hospital Department of Emergency Medicine/Division of Health Policy Public Health
Harvard Medical School

Tom Frieden, MD, MPH
President and CEO, Resolve to Save Lives

Akiko Iwasaki, PhD
Waldemar Von Zedtwitz Professor of Immunobiology and Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology
Yale University 

Ashish K. Jha, MD, MPH
Dean, Brown University School of Public Health

Krutika Kuppalli, MD, FIDSA
Chair, Global Health Committee
Infectious Diseases Society of America

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA
President Emerita, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Syra Madad, DHSc, MSc, MCP
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School
Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases, Boston University

David Michaels, PhD, MPH
Professor, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, Milken Institute School of Public Health, The George Washington University
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health 2009-2017

Michael Joseph Mina, MD, PhD
Epidemiologist, Immunologist and Physician

John P. Moore, PhD
Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, Weill Cornell Medicine

Saad B. Omer, MBBS, MPH, PhD
Director, Yale Institute for Global Health 

Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH
Regents Professor, McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair in Public Health; Director, Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, University of Minnesota

Saskia Popescu, PhD, MPH, MA, CIC
Assistant Professor, Biodefense Program - Schar School of Policy and Government  
George Mason University

Megan L. Ranney, MD, MPH
Professor of Emergency Medicine & Associate Dean of Strategy & Innovation, School of Public Health & Alpert Medical School, Brown University

Irwin Redlener, MD, FAAP
Senior Research Scholar, Earth Institute at Columbia University
Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Andy Slavitt, MBA
Former White House Senior Advisor COVID Response
Former Acting CMS Administrator 

Craig Spencer MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Population and Family Health
Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Eric Topol, MD
Executive VP and Professor, Scripps Research

Seth Trueger, MD, MPH, FACEP
Northwestern University

Robert M. Wachter, MD
Chair, Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco

Michelle A. Williams, ScD
Dean of the Faculty, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, & Angelopoulos Professor in Public Health and International Development

 

References

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. COVID Data Tracker. https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#datatracker-home[Accessed 12 November 2021].  
  2. NC Department of Health and Human Services. COVID-19 Clusters in North Carolina. https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/media/725/download [Accessed 12 November 2021]. 
  3. Dorn E, Hancock B, Sarakatsannis J, Viruleg E. COVID-19 and learning loss - disparities grow and students need help. McKinsey & Company. https://www.mckinsey.com/industries/public-and-social-sector/our-insights/covid-19-and-learning-loss-disparities-grow-and-students-need-help [Accessed 12 November 2021]. 
  4. Czeisler M, et al. Mental Health, Substance Use, and Suicidal Ideation During the COVID-19 Pandemic — United States, June 24–30, 2020. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), 69(32);1049-1057.  https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6932a1.htm [Accessed 12 November 2021].  
  5. Sullivan P. CDC data: Unvaccinated 11 times more likely to die from COVID-19 than fully vaccinated. The Hillhttps://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/576980-cdc-data-unvaccinated-11-times-more-likely-to-die-from-covid-19-than-fully[Accessed 12 November 2021]. 
  6. Bozio C, et al. Laboratory-Confirmed COVID-19 Among Adults Hospitalized with COVID-19–Like Illness with Infection-Induced or mRNA Vaccine-Induced SARS-CoV-2 Immunity — Nine States, January–September 2021. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), 70(44);1539-1544.  https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/70/wr/mm7044e1.htm?s_cid=mm7044e1_w [Accessed 12 November 2021].  
  7. Hirsch L. After Mandate, 91% of Tyson Workers Are Vaccinated. The New York Timeshttps://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/30/business/tyson-foods-vaccination-mandate-rate.html [Accessed 12 November 2021].   
  8. Marcos C. United Airlines to Fire Workers Who Refused to Get a Vaccination. The New York Times. Available from: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/29/business/united-airlines-vaccine-mandate.html [Accessed 12 November 2021].   
  9. Hubler S. ‘Mandates Are Working’: Employer Ultimatums Lift Vaccination Rates, So Far. The New York Times. Available from:  https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/30/us/california-vaccine-mandate-health-care.html [Accessed 12 November 2021].  

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