Posted Friday, November 6, 2021

The Biden Administration is requiring COVID-19 vaccination of eligible staff at health care facilities that participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. The emergency regulation issued by CMS today protects those fighting this virus on the front lines while also delivering assurances to individuals and their families that they will be protected when seeking care.

“Ensuring patient safety and protection from COVID-19 has been the focus of our efforts in combatting the pandemic and the constantly evolving challenges we’re seeing,” said CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure. “Today’s action addresses the risk of unvaccinated health care staff to patient safety and provides stability and uniformity across the nation’s health care system to strengthen the health of people and the providers who care for them.”

The emergency regulation is effective as of November 5, 2021.

Click here for a CMS Omnibus COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination Interim Final Rule FAQ.

Click here for the full press release.

 

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