Recently, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released formal rules outlining COVID-19 vaccination requirements for healthcare facility employees. Fisher-Titus provided helpful information on how they are responding to the COVID-19 vaccination mandate.
The CMS mandate states that all eligible staff at healthcare facilities participating in Medicare and Medicaid programs receive the first dose of either Pfizer or Moderna, or the single dose of Johnson & Johnson by Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021. For vaccines that require the 2-dose series (Moderna and Pfizer), staff must complete the series by Jan. 4, 2022. The CMS mandate defines and allows staff to submit a medical or religious exemption by the Dec. 5 date. In addition, this mandate applies to anyone who provides services to Fisher-Titus including staff, volunteers, students, and vendors. The CMS mandate requires compliance, which may be vaccination or medical or religious exemption.