Eighteen months ago, when we implemented the first measures to battle COVID-19, we never imagined that the fight against this pandemic would last so long. I am grateful to our staff members for the heroic job they’ve done during these uncertain times. Their commitment to creating exceptional experiences for those we serve in the face of unprecedented challenges will be an inspiration for future generations of Springpoint employees. It is a legacy that will not be forgotten.
Throughout this pandemic, our top priority is to protect the health and wellbeing of our residents and staff. We have followed the requirements of federal, state and local health officials, with guidance from our medical director and the clinical expertise of our Health Services team.
Springpoint is steadfast in our commitment to provide the safest possible living and working environment and we believe that a fully vaccinated workforce is the best way to do so. To that end, we will now require that all Springpoint staff members be fully vaccinated by November 15, 2021. Those who are not vaccinated will be considered to have voluntarily resigned from their position. Employees can contact Human Resources to apply for exemption consideration for certified medical reasons or strongly held religious beliefs.
This decision was made after a great deal of discussion and in consultation with our medical, clinical, operations and human resource professionals. We weighed a number of competing factors before making this decision. With the rise of the Delta variant, increasing cases and concerns expressed by residents and families, we feel we must take aggressive action to best protect those who live and work with us.
We are proud to announce that as of today, 69% of all Springpoint employees are fully vaccinated. To those employees who stepped up to get the shot and help protect themselves and others, we are grateful. Vaccinations are provided for all staff free of charge at Springpoint communities. We encourage those employees who are not yet been vaccinated to take action by the November 15 deadline.
Each and every one of our employees is an important contributor to our legacy of exceptional service and care and we hope that all employees will continue to be part of the Springpoint family.
To our staff, I am grateful for all that you do to keep residents and coworkers safe and healthy. To residents and families, thank you for your ongoing support as we manage through the ever shifting tides of this pandemic.
Wishing you continued good health and happiness.
Anthony A. Argondizza
President & CEO