Dover, New Hampshire Hospital to Require Vaccination of Employees

Employees of Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover will need to be vaccinated.

Adam Bagni, director of communications and community relations at the hospital, confirmed Thursday afternoon that all Dover employees will need to be vaccinated as a condition of employment.

“There is a possibility of medical and religious exemption,” Bagni said by email.

The New Hampshire Hospital Association supports hospitals and other health care facilities that require COVID-19 vaccinations for their employees.

Wentworth-Douglass Hospital is part of Massachusetts General Hospital and last month Mass General Brigham announced it was requiring its 80,000 employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Jeffrey Hughes, President and CEO of Wentworth-Douglass Hospital is on vacation this week but has made the following statement.

“The leadership here at Wentworth-Douglass fully supports this position. Our culture is to put our patients first, and many of them are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19. When we protect ourselves, we protect those we care for, which is our fundamental responsibility. “

Portsmouth Regional Hospital and Frisbie Memorial Hospital in Rochester will not require employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment.

Lynn Robbins is Director of Marketing and Communications at Portsmouth Regional Hospital. She said Thursday afternoon that employees at HCA Healthcare in New Hampshire are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated.

“While colleagues at Frisbie Memorial Hospital, Parkland Medical Center and Portsmouth Regional Hospital are not required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 at this time, our infectious disease experts as well as those at the CDC are encouraging strongly immunization as a critical step to protect our hospitals follow CDC guidelines regarding protocols for vaccinated and unvaccinated people in our facilities, including universal masking for all colleagues, patients and visitors, ”said Robbins .

What is happening in other parts of the state?

Parkland Medical Center in Derry is also part of HCA Healthcare and employees will not be required to be vaccinated as a condition of employment.

Effective September 30, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health will require COVID-19 vaccination of employees as a condition of employment.

During his COVID-19 press briefing on Thursday afternoon, Governor Chris Sununu encouraged employers to speak with employees before imposing vaccination.

“The most important thing is to talk to the employees. Don’t just make a decision in a vacuum,” Sununu said when asked.

Sununu acknowledged that the decision to get the vaccine is a personal one.

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