Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Reinstates COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), in a policy reversal, announced on Dec. 28 that it would start enforcing its COVID-19 vaccine mandate to facilities in half of U.S. states in states where the mandate isn’t judicially enjoined.

CMS modified the compliance dates for the vaccine mandates. Facilities that received Medicaid or Medicare funding have to comply with the mandate’s first phase, meaning that all health care staff has to have received the first dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine by Jan. 27, 2022—or 30 days after the CMS memorandum (pdf) was issued.

Those facilities will have to comply with the CMS mandate’s second phase, meaning health care staff needs to receive the second dose, by Feb. 28 of next year, according to the memo.

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