Vaccine Information for Employees
Vaccination against COVID-19 is mandatory for all Mount Sinai Health System employees, with limited exceptions for medical and religious reasons. Booster shots are not mandatory; however, they are the best way to protect yourself and those around you against serious illness and death.
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COVID-19 Vaccination Resources
For more details about COVID-19 vaccination, please refer to our page Information About the COVID-19 Vaccines.
Is vaccination mandatory for Mount Sinai employees?
COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory for all faculty and staff, with limited exceptions for medical and religious reasons. This applies to employees at all Mount Sinai locations, including hospital, ambulatory, academic, corporate, and other sites. Faculty and staff who receive a medical exemption from the vaccine mandate must undergo weekly PCR testing for COVID-19.
What should I do if I don’t feel well after vaccination?
It is common to have side effects after a vaccination. They mean your immune system is working and making antibodies as it’s supposed to. Most of the side effects reported with COVID-19 vaccines are mild and go away quickly, especially with over-the-counter pain medicines.
If you experience side effects that are strong enough to interfere with work, please take a PTO day.
Do I have to pay for the vaccine?
No. The vaccine will be provided to you at no cost.
Can we choose which vaccine we receive?
We encourage you to take the vaccine you are offered and not wait for another vaccine to become available.
What support will the hospital system provide should anyone have a significant adverse event as a result of the vaccination?
Like with any vaccine, any unexpected or adverse events will be reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). Both the NYSDOH and MSHS have systems in place to support the health of our employees.
Will there be an MD on site where vaccines are administered? Will there be medicines for anaphylaxis or other severe reactions nearby?
The staff at the vaccination site will be prepared to attend to any emergency including a rare allergic reaction or anaphylaxis.
Once you've received the vaccine, do you stay behind for a brief monitoring for any immediate reaction?
Yes. After receiving the vaccine, you will be asked to stay for a short period of time so that we can monitor you for any reactions to the vaccine.
What should I do if I’ve lost my vaccine card?
If you were vaccinated in New York City, you can retrieve the information online at https://myvaccinerecord.cityofnewyork.us/myrecord/.