WellCare of New Jersey announced today that it is taking additional measures to further protect its members from COVID-19.
On August 5, Centene Corporation, WellCare’s parent company, announced it was requiring all employees with direct member interaction (either through in-home visits or clinical facility visits) to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Additionally, the company is requiring all non-member-facing employees to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination or participate in regular COVID-19 testing. It will also require vaccination as a general condition of employment for all new employees beginning October 1.
This announcement follows New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s recent Executive Order 252 requiring all workers in certain state and private health care facilities and high-risk congregate settings to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or be subject to COVID-19 testing at minimum one to two times per week.
“At WellCare, we are deeply committed to protecting the health and wellbeing of our members,” John Kirchner, WellCare’s Plan President and CEO in New Jersey, said.
“As a leading Medicaid provider for our state’s most vulnerable residents, we want to put the health of our members first and are committed to ensuring they feel protected and have peace of mind knowing that those who are caring for them – either in their homes or in a clinical setting – have been vaccinated against COVID-19.”
As the Delta variant continues to spread across the U.S., WellCare of New Jersey continues to expand upon other key outreach programs it has supported throughout the pandemic.
These initiatives focus on promoting awareness of COVID-19 vaccinations to encourage members, employees, and under-resourced communities to receive the vaccine.
Efforts include care management, public awareness campaigns, and boots-on-the-ground vaccination efforts across the state.