SHEA encourages COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment, especially in healthcare settings

SHEA supports making COVID-19 vaccination a condition of employment.

After years of steady reductions in healthcare-associated infections, significantly higher rates of four out of six routinely tracked infections were observed in U.S. hospitals, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analysis of data from the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) published today in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology.

Hospitals and other healthcare facilities should require employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19, according to a consensus statement by the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) and six other leading organizations representing medical professionals working in infectious diseases, infection prevention, pharmacy, pediatrics, and long-term care.

Residents of Connecticut nursing homes that serve the highest proportions of racial and ethnic minorities were more than 50% more likely to contract COVID-19 and more than twice as likely to die in the early weeks of the pandemic, compared to those in homes with predominantly white populations, according to a study published today in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America.

SHEA is warning that it is imperative to continue vigilant infection prevention practices against SARS-CoV-2 even as community prevention measures for vaccinated people begin to relax.

The Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society and Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America condemn the horrific killings of eight Atlanta residents in attacks on women of Asian descent.

SHEA is grateful for provisions of the American Rescue Plan Act that help Americans recover from the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and increase funding to advance the modernization of our public health infrastructure.

SHEA is urging people to keep wearing masks in all community and healthcare settings. Masks remain a critical prevention measure as we continue to address the spread of COVID-19 throughout the United States and the world.

SHEA has named Gonzalo Bearman, MD, MPH, chair of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, the inaugural editor-in-chief of its new journal. 

Nearly half of women with uncomplicated urinary tract infections received the wrong antibiotics and almost three-quarters received prescriptions for longer than necessary, with inappropriately long treatment durations more common in rural areas, according to a study of private insurance claims data published today in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology.

The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America strongly supports executive orders signed by President Biden requiring facial masks on federal property, airplanes, trains, and buses as part of his effort to encourage widespread mask use over the next 100 days.

SHEA has named David P. Calfee, MD, MS, professor of medicine and population health sciences at Weill Cornell Medical College, the sixth editor-in-chief of Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology.

The State-of-the-Pandemic articles have been written by the SHEA Board of Trustees to respond to the rapidly changing COVID-19 crisis. These short commentaries are designed to provide perspective for institutions facing challenges at various stages of the pandemic.