09:36 AM

Statement regarding Keck Medicine of USC vaccine policies

Beginning Sept. 20, Keck Medicine of USC will require all health care workers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This requirement also applies to all contract and temporary workers as well as volunteers, vendors and contractors, and to Keck School of Medicine of USC staff and trainees who work in our facilities.

This change will occur 10 days before the health care worker vaccination mandate issued by the California Department of Public Health. Exceptions will only be allowed for religious and approved medical reasons, and those who are exempted must be tested for COVID-19 at least once per week and wear an N-95 mask. Exempted staff working in an acute or surgical setting will be tested twice a week.

Our staff vaccination rate is high – 87% of our physicians and 84% of our staff have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. We are working continually to increase those numbers as much as possible over the next few weeks.

Furthermore, as of Aug. 11, all visitors will be required to be fully vaccinated before entering our facilities for an inpatient visitation. This means that visitors must be two weeks post their final dose of their vaccine before visiting. Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated visitors are eligible for indoor visits only if they can provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test that was collected within 72 hours of each visit.

We strongly feel that the available COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective at reducing infections, hospitalizations and severe complications, and that these requirements will create a safer environment for patients, visitors, staff and our general community.