As much as we’re all ready to be done with the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s not yet done with us. The highly contagious delta variant is driving an increase in hospitalizations throughout our network and around the country, mostly among unvaccinated people.
All of us are eager to get back to our normal routines, but now’s not the time to let our guard down. Here’s the latest information about COVID-19 and what you can do to continue to help keep yourself, your family and our communities safe.
• Are the vaccines effective against the delta variant in preventing hospitalizations and deaths? Studies indicate that all three COVID-19 vaccines available in the U.S. (Pfizer, Moderna and Janssen/J&J) are effective against current variants, including the delta variant, in those who are fully vaccinated.
• Will I need a vaccine booster shot? At this time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention doesn’t recommend getting a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot if you’re fully vaccinated. We’ll keep you updated if that guidance changes.
• Is COVID-19 testing still necessary? If you experience any COVID-19 symptoms, get tested, even if you’re vaccinated and your symptoms are mild. If you’re admitted to a Sutter hospital, you’ll be screened and tested for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status. In addition, COVID-19 testing may be required prior to certain procedures. If testing is required, your provider will contact you with instructions.
• Are masks required at your clinics and hospitals? Yes, all patients, visitors and staff, including people who are fully vaccinated, must continue to wear masks while inside Sutter facilities. If you visit any of our locations, report any symptoms you’re experiencing — even if they seem mild — and continue to practice physical distancing and good hand hygiene.
• Can I still get vaccinated? Yes, get vaccinated if you haven’t already. According to the CDC, less than 1% of deaths due to COVID-19 are in vaccinated individuals. COVID-19 vaccine appointments are available for those age 12 and older. Visit our COVID-19 vaccine page for more information and to book an appointment.
• What is Sutter’s COVID-19 vaccination policy? Sutter is complying with the recent state and local health orders as well as developing our own workforce vaccination policy. We’re committed to the health and safety of our patients, employees and the communities we serve.
We’re hopeful we can put this pandemic behind us, but it won’t happen without significantly higher vaccination rates across our communities. As a reminder, the COVID-19 vaccines are safe and highly effective. Vaccination is the best step we can take to finally move beyond this pandemic.
More questions? Check out our updated COVID-19 vaccine FAQs.