Vaccinations required for CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield workforce


Matt Beuschlein


CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield recently announced it will require its workforce, Board of Directors, and guests to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

To achieve vaccination rates that will end the pandemic, CareFirst has been encouraging it’s employees and the community to get the shot, but recently made it a requirement for all CareFirst employees.


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Brian D Pieninck, president and CEO of CareFirst, had this to say:

“Requiring COVID-19 vaccinations reinforces what CareFirst stands for as a champion of health and our role in protecting the communities we serve, those we employ and their families”.

According to Pieninck, requiring the vaccine for all CareFirst employees is what it means to put the health and safety of the people they serve first. 

Employees have until November 1st, 2021 to get vaccinated unless they apply for a medical or religious exemption. This includes remote workers, contingent workers, and guests who enter company facilities or attend sponsored events. 

Chief Human Resources Officer Angela Celestin says:

“We view this decision as an extension of our ongoing transformation efforts intended to optimize how and where we work. This includes building a safe environment for in-person collaboration. CareFirst must be future-ready as we emerge as a more hybrid workforce that is deeply engaged in communities throughout the region.”