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Vaccine mandate FAQs

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital announced July 14 that all employees must be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Thursday, September 9, 2021.

  1. St. Jude has a duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of recognized hazards and to protect the health and safety of our patients, families, employees, volunteers, contractors, students and anyone who enters our campus community from infectious conditions such as COVID-19. As a result, the institution is requiring all St. Jude employees to participate in the Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Program. Our mission states, and our St. Jude core values echo, that advancing treatment for children with catastrophic diseases is at the center of everything we do. Our responsibility is to provide our patients, their families and everyone on the St. Jude campus with a safe environment.

  2. The vaccine dramatically reduces the spread of COVID-19, which has caused millions of deaths worldwide. Getting vaccinated is important as we play our part in limiting the spread of this disease. We reached this decision after much research, analysis and discussion. Many health care facilities around the country have made the same decision. It is the right thing to keep our campus, patients, families, employees, volunteers, contractors and students safe. Our duty to our patients frames everything we do.

  3. COVID-19 positive cases are again on the rise locally and nationally primarily due to the highly contagious Delta variant. With this variant circulating through our community, we must remain vigilant to protect our immunocompromised patients. This is the logical next step to ensure we stay one step ahead of the virus.

  4. We have made great progress in the past 16 months to keep our campus safe from COVID-19. We have created new policies and instituted new safety measures for campus zoning, masking and physical distancing. Additionally, a large percentage of our employee population has received the COVID-19 vaccine.

  5. Hundreds of millions of people around the world have safely received the COVID-19 vaccine. The benefits far outweigh the risks of not getting vaccinated. COVID-19 can cause serious illness and death even in young, healthy people. Many individuals have long-lasting symptoms after infection.

  6. The Delta variant is quickly becoming the predominant variant in the U.S. and many other parts of the world, including Memphis and Shelby County. Data shows the Delta variant spreads more quickly, and there is concerning, early data that suggests its effects may be more severe than other forms of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

  7. Data indicates that vaccination provides more than 90% protection from SARS-CoV-2 infection. The vaccines have been shown to be effective against the Delta variant and others.

  8. The COVID-19 pandemic continues due to a large number of unvaccinated people worldwide and the virus’ ability to mutate. As a virus mutates and is passed from individual to individual, its genetic code changes. Such variations in the virus genome—or “errors” in the replication process—lead to the creation of new variants. These variants could continue as the virus has opportunities to spread, which is why vaccination is so important at this moment of the pandemic.