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August 18, 2021

Bloomfield-based Cigna will adopt employee vaccine mandate, mandatory testing

Photo | CoStar Cigna headquarters in Bloomfield.

Bloomfield-based insurer Cigna Corp. announced Wednesday that it will require its employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19, or be tested weekly,  before they are allowed to enter any of its U.S. worksites.

Cigna employees who work remotely must be fully vaccinated before entering any U.S. office, beginning Sept. 7, the company announced. 

Employees whose roles can only be performed on-site, such as medical care providers, pharmacists, pharmacy home delivery specialists, and others, must be fully vaccinated or receive two negative COVID-19 tests per week, beginning Oct. 18, before entering their worksite, Cigna said.

"It's clear we need to do more to stop the ongoing spread of COVID-19, and unlike many aspects of the pandemic, keeping our worksites as safe as possible is something we can control," said Dr. Steve Miller, chief clinical officer of Cigna Corp. "Reducing the risk of exposure to COVID-19 not only protects our workforce and ensures we can continue to meet the needs of our customers and clients, it also helps protect our children and community members who cannot receive the vaccine for health reasons.

To encourage employee vaccinations, Cigna announced earlier this year that those who become fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are eligible to receive a $200 incentive award. In addition, the company has held vaccination clinics throughout the country.

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