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Flu Shots for Staff Coming to Cedars-Sinai

Naomi Jean-Baptiste, RN, receives a flu shot from Maria Delilah Frivaldo, RN.

Staff is asked to help Cedars-Sinai protect patients, visitors and colleagues by getting an annual flu vaccination by Wednesday, Nov. 1.

Flu Shot Schedule

The schedule for vaccination clinics is as follows:

  • Monday, Sept. 11
    8 a.m.-10 p.m., ECC-C
  • Tuesday, Sept. 12
    8 a.m.-10 p.m., ECC-C
  • Wednesday, Sept. 13
    8 a.m.-10 p.m., Harvey Morse Conference Room 6
  • Thursday, Sept. 14
    8 a.m.-10 p.m., Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion, PEC 8
  • Friday, Sept. 15
    8 a.m.-10 p.m., Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion, PEC 8
  • Monday, Sept. 18
    8 a.m.-10 p.m., Harvey Morse Conference Room 1 & 2
  • Tuesday, Sept. 19
    8 a.m.-10 p.m., ECC-C

Medical staff, vendors, contracted personnel, volunteers, faculty and students must get their annual flu vaccination. Exceptions may be given for those with approved medical exemptions per guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Those who decline the vaccine without an approved medical exemption or religious accommodation will not be able to work and are subject to termination of employment.

Flu vaccinations are free of charge and will be available to medical staff and volunteers. Vaccines have been ordered and a schedule of flu clinics will be emailed to staff, and will be available in future issues of Pulse and on the Intranet homepage.

All vendors and contracted personnel must provide proof of vaccination and wear badge buddies while they are in any Cedars-Sinai licensed area. If they wish to get their flu vaccination here, they will have to show their ID badge and pay a $25 fee; however, the fee will be waived if the vaccine is received during the flu clinics Sept. 5-Oct. 31.

"Thank you to all staff for continuing to provide for the health and safety of our patients and their families," said Jonathan Grein, MD, medical director, Department of Hospital Epidemiology, and infection control officer. "Getting vaccinated is the most important step towards protecting ourselves, our families and our more vulnerable patients, such as those without a strong immune system, from the complications of influenza."

Staff with a confirmed egg allergy that has been documented with Employee Health Services (EHS) may schedule a vaccination appointment with EHS in My CS-Link™.

Green badge buddies will be issued at the time of vaccination and those with an approved medical exemption or religious accommodation will receive a gray badge buddy. All badge buddies must be visibly worn by Nov. 1. These HIPAA-compliant badge buddies are the easiest method to ensure compliance with Cedars-Sinai policy and the County of Los Angeles Public Health Order.

For those with an approved religious accommodation or medical exemption, masks are not required to be worn in non-patient care areas such as administrative offices, cafeterias, break rooms, and parking lots. Per the County of Los Angeles Public Health Order, masks must be worn in all patient care areas, even for those with an approved vaccine exemption.

To request a medical exemption, a staff member must have a medical provider complete the Medical Exemption from Influenza Vaccination form, available from EHS. The request for exemption will be reviewed by a physician panel, who will determine if it meets criteria for an exemption based on CDC guidelines. Please return the completed form to EHS on the second floor of the Spielberg Building by Monday, Oct. 2.

Those requesting a religious accommodation should contact their HR Business Partner or call 310-423-5459 to receive the Request for Religious Accommodation form. Completed forms are given to your HR Business Partner. Your request will be evaluated and an approval or denial letter will be issued to you.

For questions, please call Employee Health Services at 310-423-3322 or Hospital Epidemiology at 310-423-5574.

Family members of staff are invited to get free vaccines at the family flu and blood pressure screening on Sunday, Oct. 22 from 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on the second floor of the Steven Spielberg Building.

For more information, please call 310-423-9581.