Banner Health Exempting Pregnant Nurses From Its COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

By Corinne Murdock

Banner Health, one of the largest health care companies in the United States, is exempting pregnant nurses from their COVID-19 vaccine mandate. Banner Health hasn’t announced these exemptions publicly.

This exemption was outlined in an email from a Banner Health nursing director, obtained by AZ Free News. The email also noted that Banner Health’s human resources may extend that exemption to women who are breastfeeding, of childbearing age, and more. The email didn’t clarify why pregnancy was considered an exemption by the health care company, nor did it elaborate why it was considering exemptions for women who are breastfeeding or of childbearing age.

“I learned today that pregnancy will be an approved exemption,” wrote the official. “The HR team is also working other automatic exemptions (breast feeding, child bearing age, etc). I will keep you all posted as I learn more.”

The CDC still recommends that pregnant women, breastfeeding women, and women of childbearing age get the COVID-19 vaccine (the CDC calls breastfeeding women “lactating people”).

Banner Health announced last month that it would require all employees to be vaccinated by November 1. The mandate didn’t bode well with the company’s employees.

This past week, hundreds of nurses protested against the vaccine mandate. Nurses say they oppose the mandate because the safety and efficacy of the vaccine isn’t proven, and they would like a choice in their own health care decisions.

Corinne Murdock is a reporter for AZ Free News. Follow her latest on Twitter, or email tips to corinnejournalist@gmail.com.