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Vaccine Deadline Set for Health-Care Workers in Two Dozen States

Jan. 15, 2022, 12:01 AM

Medical facilities in two dozen states affected by the Supreme Court decision on the Biden administration’s Covid vaccination mandate for health workers have until March 15 to get their employees fully vaccinated, according to guidance released Friday.

Injunctions had prevented the mandate from going into effect in those states, prompting many facilities to pause efforts to implement the requirement from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The high court Thursday lifted those injunctions.

Friday’s guidance affects more than 10 million workers at hospitals, nursing homes, and other facilities that receive reimbursements from Medicare and Medicaid.

The guidance said health-care providers in the 24 states have 30 days for their staffers to get their first doses. They have until March 15 to be fully vaccinated.

That is a later date than allotted for health facilities in 25 states that were not involved in the litigation that reached the Supreme Court. They have until Jan. 27 to get their first doses and Feb. 28 to be fully vaccinated.

An injunction is still in effect in Texas, a CMS representative said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Brent Bierman in Washington at bbierman@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Jo-el J. Meyer at jmeyer@bloomberglaw.com; Meghashyam Mali at mmali@bloombergindustry.com