Blue Cross Blue Shield RI requiring employees to get COVID vaccine


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island announced Friday that all employees will be required to get the coronavirus vaccine.

“We are in challenging times that I believe require all of us to take strong actions to protect public health,” said BCBSRI President and CEO Martha Wofford. “As the largest health insurer and one of the largest employers in the state, requiring COVID-19 vaccinations can help safeguard the health and well-being of our employees and our community.”

All employees, including those who work remotely, are required to submit proof of vaccination, or apply for a medical or religious exemption, before November 1. The vaccine is also a requirement for all vendor partners who work at the company’s headquarters and its four retail stores.

“While this decision can be difficult as an employer, we believe putting a vaccine mandate in place is critical to ending this pandemic,” Wofford said.

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