RSFH provides full COVID-19 mandatory vaccination policy

UPDATED SEPT. 3: Read our FAQs here.

RSFH will require its entire workforce to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Nov. 1.

A new policy, which you can read in full here, outlines the requirements and exemption process for all employed teammates and physicians, as well as any non-employed individuals who comes onsite to a RSFH facility or location to work or provide services, such as medical staff or members of their team, students, volunteers, vendors, contract staff and temporary workers.

As a guideline, it’s recommended to get your first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by Oct. 1 in order to get your second dose, which is required by Nov. 1.

Requests for exemptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis and may be granted if they meet the criteria for the exemption and do not pose an undue hardship on RSFH or pose a direct threat to the health and safety of others.

Those requesting a medical exemption should fill out the Medical Exemption Form and submit it to Teammate Vaccine Exemption Request portal.

This form includes a medical certification that must be completed by a licensed provider, such as a physician, physician assistant or nurse practitioner.

Those requesting a religious exemption should fill out the Religious Exemption Form, which includes an attestation that must be completed by a religious leader or other official who can attest to the religious belief or practice.

Exemption forms for employed teammates are due to the Teammate Vaccine Exemption Request portal by Sept. 30.

Those who are not employed and want to request an exemption should fill out the appropriate exemption form then fill out this RSFH Non-Employed Workforce Attestation Form and submit it to the appropriate area.

  • Affiliate and Contract Providers: RSFH Medical Staff Office
  • Students: RSFH Student Coordinator
  • Volunteers: RSFH Volunteer Office
  • Temporary Workers: Rightsourcing
  • Medical/Surgical Vendors: RSFH Materials/VendorMate
  • Purchased Service Vendors: Primary RSFH Department Contact
  • Construction/Renovation Contractors: RSFH Engineering Department

You can see a visual of the requirements for the groups listed above here.

Anyone who qualifies for a medical or religious exemption will wear a mask in RSFH facilities.

RSFH will be hosting vaccination events for anyone with a RSFH badge to get vaccinated. Sign up here.


  1. Will we be required to get the booster as well?

  2. Jennifer Passantino says:

    Please note, that it correct name is a Physician Assistant, not physician’s assistant.

  3. This is great news! Happy to hear that RSF employees will be part of the solution!

  4. Will those who get vaccinated also be required to continue to wear masks at RSFH facilities since anyone, vaccinated or not, can get COVID and spread it?

  5. What will the new required, weekly “testing” be for teammates that are exempt from the mandated vaccination?

  6. I have researched extensively and cannot find any reasons for “religious exemptions” to receiving the Covid vaccine. I’m having a very hard time understanding why this is even an option. Can someone explain?

    • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act governs religious accommodations in the workplace, which is enforced by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

      • Okay, so lawfully we must offer “religious exemptions/accommodations”, but it appears that it may be incumbent on RSH on a case by case matter??? What can one expect from weekly testing and who will pay for that? Can we expect insurance premiums to increase for those unvaccinated?

      • Thank you for your questions on religious exemptions. Our HR team is happy to discuss the religious exemption process further. Please reach out to Employee Relations Representative Deborah Wilson who can answer any additional questions you may have.

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