Eden Housing Requires All Employees Be Vaccinated Against COVID-19
August 23, 2021
Vaccines against COVID-19 are the best way to protect Eden Housing employees and their families, residents, and the community at large from the effects of this global pandemic. As such, Eden Housing has made an important decision regarding vaccination requirements. On July 29th, Eden mandated that all new hires, temporary staff, and volunteers not exempt as a result of either a medical condition or religious belief show proof of vaccination before coming on board. After careful consideration, this requirement will be extended to all current Eden employees. A vaccine requirement is necessary to protect particularly vulnerable populations and help create a safe work environment for all staff.
Our new vaccine policy will take effect on October 4, 2021, and all employees must be in compliance unless they qualify for an exemption. Exemptions exist for employees with a valid medical reason or a sincerely held religious belief that they cannot get vaccinated, and such employees can request a reasonable accommodation. Employees who receive accommodation and cannot be vaccinated will be required to test regularly for COVID-19.
While the COVID-19 pandemic remains a significant challenge in California, it has been proven that vaccines reduce infection and serious disease. California is currently experiencing the fastest increase in COVID-19 cases during the entire pandemic due mostly to the highly transmissible Delta variant. Unvaccinated persons are more likely to get infected and spread the virus. Those who are unvaccinated account for the majority of hospitalizations and deaths.
This latest safety measure will be added to Eden’s robust safety plan.