COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate for Healthcare Facilities
UPDATE 12/1/21: The CMS Vaccine Mandate is on hold pending an official notice. COVID-19 vaccinations are still mandated for nurses in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, per a City of Philadelphia mandate.
On November 4, 2021, the Omnibus COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination interim final rule with comment period (IFC) and the OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) released new mandates regarding the COVID-19 vaccine for Medicare and Medicaid-certified providers, facilities, and the companies who staff them, like ePeople Healthcare.
Under the rule:
- Covered providers must establish a policy ensuring that all eligible staff have received the first dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine or a one-dose COVID-19 vaccine prior to providing any care, treatment, or other services by December 5, 2021.
- All eligible staff must have received the necessary shots to be fully vaccinated—either two doses of Pfizer or Moderna or one dose of Johnson & Johnson—by January 4, 2022.
- Exemptions may be provided based on recognized medical conditions or religious beliefs, observances, or practices. Facilities must develop a similar process or plan for permitting exemptions in alignment with federal law.
As more information becomes available, we will continue to update our website and social media channels.
Read the press release from CMS.gov here.