All employees, physicians, volunteers, vendors, contractors and health care students at Banner Health facilities will be required to receive a flu vaccine by Dec. 1 under Banner’s “No Flu for You” program.
This plan involves more than 36,000 employees at Banner’s facilities nationwide, including Mesa’s Banner Desert Medical Center, Cardon Children’s Medical Center and Banner Baywood, as well as Gilbert’s Banner Gateway, according to a release.
“We believe this is the right thing to do to protect our patients, visitors, employees, physicians and volunteers,” says Marjorie Bessel, MD, chief medical officer for Banner Health’s Arizona East region. “The flu can be prevented and immunization is a very effective way to decrease the spread of the virus.”
The flu vaccine will be provided free to all Banner Health employees, medical staff and volunteers. Individuals who haven’t had a flu shot will be required to wear a surgical mask wherever patients may be present during the flu season, from Dec. 1 through March 31.