What states require Covid vaccine for healthcare workers?


We have compiled a list of states that require Covid-19 vaccine with exemptions if available.

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States that require Covid-19 vaccines will be listed below. If you have any questions, reach out to a recruiter to help find you an assignment in a state that best fits you. With increased Covid-19 rates within hospitals, more and more facilities are requiring their employees to be vaccinated. With raising Covid-19 rates going up, more states are requiring their medical professionals to get a vaccination.

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States that require covid-19 vaccine for Healthcare professionals are: Last Updated: August 24, 2021

West Virginia many of the larger health providers in West Virginia announced COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates yesterday. This includes WVU Medicine.

  • Fully vaccinated means either 2 shots of Moderna or Pfizer or 1 shot of J&J
  • All travelers must be fully vaccinated by 10/31/21
  • All current working travelers must be fully vaccinated by 10/31/21
  • New travelers with a start date after 10/31 cannot start until they are fully vaccinated
  • New travelers with a start date sooner than 10/31 can still start, but must be fully vaccinated by 10/31
  • If a traveler wants to decline based on a Medical or Religious reason, please have them fill out the appropriate Exemption Form and email it to the address on the form.  These should be done ASAP as they have to go through a council to be approved or denied

Maryland is requiring Covid-19 vaccination or regular testing for nursing home and hospital employees, The Washington Post reported Aug. 18. Workers must receive their first dose by Sept. 1 or undergo regular screening and testing.

New Mexico said Aug. 17 that workers in certain medical close-contact congregate settings, including hospitals and nursing homes, must be vaccinated, with limited exceptions. Unless they qualify for an exemption, unvaccinated workers must receive their first dose within 10 days of Aug. 17, and their second dose, as needed, within 40 days of receiving the first one.

Washington, D.C., is requiring that healthcare workers receive at least the first dose of Pfizer or Moderna or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, officials said Aug. 16. Workers must be vaccinated by Sept. 30. 

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Aug. 16 that the state is requiring healthcare workers to get their first COVID-19 vaccine dose by Sept. 27. The requirement includes staff at hospitals, nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. These facilities must develop and implement a policy mandating employee vaccinations, with limited exceptions for workers with religious or medical reasons, the governor said. 

Philadelphia is requiring that healthcare workers be vaccinated or tested for COVID-19 twice per week, ABC 6 reported Aug. 13. Healthcare workers must be vaccinated by Oct. 15 unless they have a religious or medical exemption.

Maine will require healthcare workers to be fully vaccinated by Oct. 1, officials said Aug. 12. The requirement applies to those employed by a hospital, multilevel healthcare facility, home health agency, nursing facility, residential care facility, and intermediate care facility for individuals with intellectual disabilities that is licensed by the state. The requirement also applies to those employed by emergency medical service organizations or dental practices.

In Pennsylvania, about 25,000 employees in state healthcare facilities and high-risk congregate care facilities will be required to be fully vaccinated by Sept. 7, Gov. Tom Wolf’s office said Aug. 10. Unvaccinated employees must get tested weekly. Mr. Wolf’s office said his state is also requiring that all new external hires in these facilities get vaccinated before beginning employment, starting Sept. 7. 

In Rhode Island, healthcare workers at facilities licensed by the state, including private facilities and state-run hospitals, must get fully vaccinated by Oct. 1, The Boston Globe reported Aug. 10, citing an announcement from Gov. Dan McKee. Unvaccinated employees must get tested twice a week and continue to mask up. After Oct. 1, any unvaccinated healthcare worker without an exemption will not be allowed to report to work, the Globe reported Aug. 17. 

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee issued an emergency proclamation Aug. 9 requiring that most state employees and all healthcare workers be fully vaccinated by Oct. 18. The requirement applies to most state executive branch employees and on-site contractors and volunteers, along with public and private healthcare and long-term care workers, the governor said.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order Aug. 6, instituting a vaccination requirement for workers in certain state and private healthcare facilities and high-risk congregate settings. Workers must be fully vaccinated by Sept. 7, or be subject to testing at least one to two times weekly. 

California issued an order Aug. 5 requiring workers in healthcare to be vaccinated. The order applies to workers in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, intermediate care facilities, ambulatory surgery centers and most other healthcare settings. Workers who do not qualify for a medical or religious exemption need to receive their second shot by Sept. 30. Unvaccinated exempt workers must meet testing and safety requirements.

These states require Covid-19 vaccine for healthcare professionals. If you are looking to travel to one of these states for a travel medical assignment, please have ready your Covid-19 vaccination records. Feel free to reach out to one of our recruiters to help find you your next assignment or check out our Marvel Match!

More Covid-19 State requirement resources

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Sources include:
Becker’s Hospital Review
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention