Vaccine Information

Information about the effort to vaccinate the health workforce and best practices for health care providers to improve vaccination rates.

(10/13/2021) Federal Judge Refuses to Block Maine Vaccine Mandate for Health Care Workers
This article reports the first judicial decision in which a federal judge has decided that Maine does not have to allow health-care workers to refuse vaccinations because of religious beliefs. Nine workers sued the state to request a religious exemption of vaccination, which would have temporarily halted the mandate, but the court rejected it. The judge wrote that “Reducing the risk of adverse medical consequences for a high-risk segment of the population is essential to achieving the public health objective of the vaccine mandate.”

(10/13/2021) Many Minnesota Health Care Workers Fighting Vaccine Mandate Have Received Exemptions
In Minnesota, many health care workers who filed a lawsuit to stop the mandate have received a religious exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement. While Judge Nancy Brasel of the US District Court rejected the health care employees’ request for an injunction to prevent their employers from implementing the vaccination requirement, as one of the attorneys who represent the health care workers said, 70% of the plaintiffs have already obtained a vaccination exemption, mainly for religious reasons.

(10/07/21) Beyond the Byline: COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates Test Hospitals’ Culture
In this Modern Healthcare podcast, Senior Hospital Operations Reporter Alex Kacik, staffing reporter Ginger Chirst, and editor Jeffery Young discuss COVID-19 vaccine mandates and staffing issues.

(10/07/21) Thousands of Home Health Workers May Lose Jobs as NY’s Vaccine Mandate Looms. What to Know
As New York’s vaccine mandate approaches, thousands of New York home health care workers are at risk of losing their jobs. The vaccine mandate is for 270,000 home health care service workers, and according to a survey conducted in September by the Home Care Health Association of New York, nearly 12,000 of those say they would rather quit or be fired than get vaccinated.

(09/30/21) Hundreds of Hospital Staffers Fired or Suspended for Refusing COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate
Following a mandate announced by President Biden early in September, health care facilities that receive Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement are now required to let go of staff who refuse to vaccinate for COVID-19. This, paired with some state mandates for health care workers, is impacting a small number of health care workers in facilities throughout the United States, but with existing staffing shortages, this is a concerning development.

(09/28/21) New York’s COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate for Health Care Workers Leads to Suspension of Hundreds of Holdouts
Although vaccination rates have increased in the month since the announcement of a vaccination mandate for all health care workers in the state, a requirement by September 27, 2021. Hundreds of employees in hospitals and medical centers in New York have been suspended as a result of the policy, however the vast majority of health care workers have received at least one dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine.

(9/23/21) The COVID-19 Vaccine Health Care Worker Holdouts: for Them, It’s Personal. For Their Hospitals It’s Professional
While the Biden Administration believes that vaccine mandates are needed to stop the COVID-19 pandemic, controversies over whether vaccination against COVID-19 is a personal medical decision. Experts and health care workers say that more efforts to understand concerns over vaccines among health care workers are needed rather than strictly enforcing vaccination.

(09/22/21) Effectiveness of mRNA COVID-19 Vaccine Among US Health Care Personnel
A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine looks at the impact of two mRNA vaccines for COVID-19, the Pfizer–BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, on preventing symptomatic infection among health care workers in their workplaces. This study was funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and found the vaccines to be highly effective in a real-world setting, which involved health care workers working at facilities in 25 states.

(09/22/21) FDA Authorizes Booster Dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for Certain Populations
The Food and Drug Administration has announced authorization for a booster dose for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, with health care workers being named among qualifying populations.

(09/18/21) In the Fight Against COVID, Health Workers Aren’t Immune to Vaccine Misinformation
In the United States, 27% of health care workers are still unvaccinated, with lower vaccination rates among nurses and nursing home aides than physicians. This article from NPR highlights how misinformation works to create vaccine hesitancy among staff, with vaccine mandates potentially scaring off more, especially among rural hospitals.

(09/14/21) President Biden Enacts Executive Orders Requiring Covid-19 Vaccines Across Federal Government and in Private Sector
A recent executive order signed by President Biden includes multiple new mandates relating to health care workers, especially those who receive Medicare or Medicaid funding. The order mandates that workers will be required to vaccinate for COVID-19 in any facility that receives reimbursement from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

(09/09/21) CMS to Require COVID-19 Vaccinations for Workers in ‘Most Health Care Settings’ – Including Home Health Care
New guidance from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will require COVID-19 vaccination for workers in most settings that receive Medicare or Medicaid reimbursement, including home health care settings.

(08/31/21) UPDATE: Hospitals, Health Systems Mandating Vaccines for Workers
This webpage from Becker’s Healthcare provides the list of healthcare organizations and states that have announced mandates of vaccines against COVID-19.

(08/31/21) Lack of a Vaccine Mandate Becomes Competitive Advantage in Hospital Staffing Wars
This article explains that mandating COVID-19 vaccines has become a serious challenge for small, rural hospitals. As workforce shortage has continued since the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals have oscillated between the risk of COVID-19 and losing their workers due to a vaccine mandate. While urban, bigger hospitals have implemented vaccine mandates and used them as a selling point to recruit staff and patients, this has become a hard choice for other rural, regional hospitals as cases surge again.

(08/31/21) Vaccine Mandate Complicates California’s Nursing Shortage
The COVID-19 pandemic is causing staffing shortages in several California hospitals. The state’s new COVID-19 vaccination requirement for healthcare workers complicates matters. Some visiting nurses refuse to work in California because they fear being vaccinated.

(08/30/21) New York State Issues Emergency Regulation Mandating COVID-19 Vaccination for Health Care Workers
Personnel at hospitals, nursing homes, adult care institutions, and hospices in New York State must be COVID-19 vaccinated by an emergency regulation. The Public Health and Health Planning Council adopted the rule on August 26, 2021. D&TCs, CHHAs, LHCSAs, and other health care providers are covered entities under the emergency rule. General hospitals and nursing homes must vaccinate staff by September 2021; other organizations must vaccinate by October 2021. Health and Human Services (PHHPC) of New York released emergency rules for covered entities. The rule mandates that all health care workers, whether or not vaccinated, wear facial covers.

(08/29/21) About 1 in 8 Nurses Hasn’t Gotten a COVID-19 Vaccine or Doesn’t Plan to Get One, a New Survey Finds, Setting Up the Potential for More Staffing Shortages at Hospitals
According to a survey, one out of every eight nurses has not had or plans to get the COVID-19 vaccination. Nearly 5,000 nurses from throughout the United States were polled by the American Nurses Association. Hospitals are debating whether or not to mandate coronavirus vaccination for its employees. In December, healthcare professionals in the United States were eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination, months before the rest of the country. According to the CDC, 52.3 percent of Americans were completely vaccinated at the time of reporting, while 61.6 percent had gotten at least one dose.

(08/27/21) Initial Distribution of COVID-19 Vaccines to Front-Line Hospital Workers and Community First Responders—A Prospective Descriptive Study
This article published in Journal of Healthcare Risk Management presents the demographic and side-effects of COVID-19 vaccines among front-line healthcare workers. The results suggest that pains and fatigues are the most common types of side effects resulting in missed time from work among front-line healthcare workers.

(08/27/21) It’s Easy to Judge the Unvaccinated. As a Doctor, I See a Better Alternative
Jay Baruch, who is an emergency physician, professor of emergency medicine, director of the medical humanities and bioethics scholarly concentration at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University, explains why we need to communicate with unvaccinated people and non-compliance of public health guidelines while fighting misinformation in the COVID-19 pandemic. He suggests that, to persuade people and get them to think, we must let them know that our purpose is not to convince people with contrary opinions and approach with stories rather than pushing with evidence.

(08/27/21) ‘Tired of Worrying’: As Some Parents Press for Vaccines Off-label, Pediatricians Call for Patience
While the FDA and the CDC announced full approval of the Pfizer.BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines, the American Academy of Pediatrics warned that any children under the age of 12 should wait until additional evidence on the right dosage of the vaccines for children. It is likely that children will need a different dose. Vaccine studies for children under the age of 12 are now underway, and doctors advise parents to wait until they are finished

08/27/21) New York State Removes Religious Exemption From COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate
This article from Becker’s Hospital Review discusses New York state’s newly approved emergency regulations for health care workers which will supersede previous requirements. The previous emergency regulations permitted health care workers to receive medical and religious exemptions from the vaccination requirement. However, religious exemption from the vaccination requirement was removed and additional institutions were included in the mandate. Health care workers at hospitals and nursing homes are still expected to receive their first COVID-19 vaccination dose by September 27, 2021, but workers at newly added institutions have until October 7, 2021.

(08/25/21) COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence in Geographic Areas of Need
This upcoming webinar from the Alliance for Health Policy features four expert speakers on COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in specific geographic areas, given recent polling data from the African American Research Collaborative on how African American, Latino, Asian American, Pacific Islander, and Native American communities view COVID-19 vaccination.

(08/24/21) 11 States Banning COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates & How They Affect Healthcare Workers
This article from Becker’s Hospital Review highlights the eleven states that have signed bills in efforts to restrict COVID-19 vaccine mandates. While some states have prohibited COVID-19 vaccination mandates altogether, most states have only restricted employers from mandating vaccination as a condition of employment.

(08/19/2021) Oregon to Require Health Workers, School Staff Be Vaccinated
Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced Thursday that all Oregon health care workers will be required to get fully vaccinated by October Oct. 18 or six weeks after full Food and Drug Administration approval. The vaccine mandate was met with mixed response across Oregon. According to the state’s largest nursing union, the governor’s order might prompt some health workers to leave the profession because they are “deeply opposed to vaccine mandates.”

(08/19/2021) Latest ANA Survey: Majority of Nurses Back Covid Vaccine Science, Mask Mandates
A new survey by the American Nurses Association (ANA) in conjunc tion with the COVID Vaccine Facts for Nurses Campaign, finds that the majority of nurses agree with the COVID-19 vaccine science and are supportive of mandatory vaccinations for all employees. Of the 4,500 nurses nationwide that were surveyed, 58 percent support mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations. 85 percent agreed to get the vaccine shot if recommended.

(08/18/21) Gov Polis Seeks Vaccine Requirement for Health Care Workers
This article highlights the efforts of Governor Jared Polis of Colorado state to increase the vaccination rates of health care workers at Colorado facilities who serve vulnerable populations and provide essential medical care to patients. Polis has written a formal letter to the state Board of Health asking the state Board of Health to add COVID-19 vaccination requirements for health care workers to their emergency rules.

(08/18/21) Biden: Nursing Home Staff Must Be Vaccinated Against COVID; Booster Shots Avail Starting in Sept.
President Biden announced he plans to make staff vaccinations a condition for nursing homes to receive Medicare and Medicaid funds. The new mandate could take effect as early as next month.

(08/18/21) Healthcare Workers Are Getting Vaccinated. But More Still Need Convincing, US Survey Finds
Although more health care workers are getting vaccinated due to the COVID surges this summer and the Delta Variant, there is still 27 percent that are unvaccinated, according to a new study from the Covid States Project, a collaborative effort by researchers from Northeastern, Harvard, Northwestern, and Rutgers. The study also found that 15 percent of the non vaccinated group are firmly opposed to immunizations.

(08/18/21) US to Require Nursing Home Employees to Get COVID-19 Shots
Biden said that more than 130,000 residents in U.S. nursing homes have died from COVID-19 and that vaccination rates among nursing home employees trail the rest of the country. Biden said studies show that having a highly vaccinated nursing home staff is associated with at least 30 percent fewer COVID-19 cases among residents.

(08/18/21) UPDATE: Hospitals, Health Systems Mandating Vaccines for Workers
This article from Becker’s Hospital Review is a chronological list of healthcare organizations that have announced COVID-19 vaccination mandates. This list will continue to be updated.

(08/16/21) Healthcare Professionals Weigh in After Cuomo Announces Many Will Face Vaccine Mandate
This article looks at health care professionals in New York state reactions to Governor Cuomo’s vaccination requirements for health care workers.

(08/16/21) Cuomo: All New York Hospital, Health Care Workers Must Get COVID-19 Vaccine
A new executive order issued by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo mandates all staff working in hospitals and long-term care facilities in New York State will be required to be vaccinated. This order follows significant increases in COVID-19 cases across the US and in New York, with more than 80 percent of recent COVID-19 cases in New York linked to the Delta variant.

(08/12/21) HHS to Require COVID Vaccine for Agency Health Care Workers
The United States Department of Health and Human Services have recently implemented a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for its clinical and research staff. This requirement applies to all Indian Health Service and National Institutes of Health who interact with patients and serve federally operated health care and clinical research facilities.

(08/10/21) A Quarter of US Hospitals, and Counting, Demand Workers Get Vaccinated. But Not Here.
This article, jointly published by Kaiser Health News and CNN, highlights areas in the United States where vaccine mandates for health care workers are not possible, given state laws prohibiting the action.

(08/07/21) As Trusted Voices, Farmers Could Be Key To Boosting Rural Vaccination Rates
This NPR article attributing low uptake of COVID-19 vaccines to low trust in health authorities explains that local farmers who have long roots in local communities could be a trusted channel for communicating with anti-vaxxers, especially for those who distrust health experts.

(08/04/21) Gov Brown: Oregon Health Care Workers Must Get COVID-19 Vaccination or Weekly Testing
Gov. Kate Brown announced Wednesday that she has directed the Oregon Health Authority to issue a rule outlining new health and safety measures. The policy requires weekly COVID-19 testing for personnel in health care settings or a proof of vaccination. The new rule will be issued this week and applied starting Sept. 30. This will give employers time to prepare for implementation, and will give currently unvaccinated health care workers time to become fully vaccinated. The governor said the new safety measure is necessary to stop delta from causing severe illness.

(08/03/21) CDA Resources Will Help Dentists Comply With State Order Requiring COVID-19 Vaccination or Regular Testing
The California Dental Association is offering tools to help track employee vaccination status following recent mandates for health care workers in California. These tools are aimed to help dental clinics in the state meet compliance requirements.

(08/03/21) UPDATE: Hospitals, Health Systems Mandating Vaccines for Workers
This frequently updated list from Becker’s Hospital Review tracks which major hospitals and health care organizations are mandating vaccination for employees working in their systems.

(08/02/21) Nursing Home Advocates Shift Stance on Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccinations for Staff
The latest COVID-19 pandemic surge caused by the COVID-19 delta variant has resulted in several long-term care providers and advocates to strongly suggest vaccination mandates for staff. Long-term care facilities were initially prioritized for COVID-19 vaccination, but vaccination rates among staff are much lower than vaccination rates among residents.

(08/02/21) NJ Gov. Murphy Mandates Vaccines for State Health-Care and Other Front-Line Workers
New Jersey Governor, Phil Murphy, has released a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for state health care workers and other front-line workers. The deadline for staff in hospitals, corrections facilities, and assisted living facilities to get vaccinated is September 7, 2021. Unvaccinated employees will be required to get tested for COVID-19 twice a week.

(08/02/21) Flattening the Curve: Are Vaccination Mandates a Viable Strategy for Hospitals?
This article from JDSupra considers the potential for vaccine mandates for hospital workers to impact number of infections of COVID-19 within their health care facilities, as well as the legal and ethical implications of vaccination.

(07/30/21) Public Health Recommends Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination for Healthcare Workers
This article from the Public Health Insider highlights Washington state’s Public Health Seattle & King County’s decision to strongly encourage health care facilities and long-term care employers to follow recommendations for mandating COVID-19 vaccinations.

(07/28/21) California Mandates COVID-19 Vaccination for Long-term Care Workers
California Governor, Gavin Newsom, has released a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for long-term care workers and workers in other health care settings. Long-term care workers will be required to get vaccinated or participate in weekly COVID-19 testing. The mandate will take effect on August 9, 2021, and healthcare facilities will have until August 23, 2021 to become fully compliant.

(07/28/21) Governor Cuomo Announces Patient-Facing Healthcare Workers at State-Run Hospitals Will Be Required to Get Vaccinated for COVID-19 by Labor Day
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has recently made an announcement that patient-facing healthcare workers at state-run hospitals will be required to receive the COVID-19 vaccination by Labor Day, September 6, 2021. Patient-facing healthcare workers who do not get vaccinated will not have the option to be tested for COVID-19 on a weekly basis.

(07/28/21) COVID-19 Breakthrough Infections in Vaccinated Health Care Workers
A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine examines the occurrence of rare breakthrough infections of COVID-19 disease among health care workers vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine, common in the United States. The study was conducted at the largest medical center in Israel.

(07/26/21) APhA Urges COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates for All Health Workers
The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) announced its statement to urge health care and long-term care providers to require their employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine. As the number of the Delta variant cases has been surging without achieving a sufficient number of vaccinated people, it argues that vaccine mandates for health care workers are the primary way to keep the U.S. society and people safe and healthy.

(07/23/21) 7 Numbers That Show Results of Health System Vaccination Mandates
The number of US hospitals and health systems that have announced COVID-19 vaccination mandates continues to steadily grow. This article from Becker’s Hospital Review highlights the outcomes of vaccination mandates for Houston Methodist, Charleston-based Medical University of South Carolina Health, and RWJ Barnabas Health.

(07/22/21) Proven Ways to Boost COVID-19 Vaccination: Mandates Plus Nudges
This opinion piece from STAT News advocates for COVID-19 vaccination mandates as a way to achieve high vaccination coverage among the workforce and the population. The article also suggests several evidence based methods for boosting COVID-19 vaccination rates in health care and other settings.

(07/21/21) More Medical Provider Groups Push Healthcare Employers to Require COVID-19 Vaccination
This article from Fierce Healthcare highlights the growing number of health care organizations that are endorsing mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for health care workers. The article also discusses the release of a new joint statement from approximately 57 health professional groups which advocates for providers to implement mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policies.

(07/21/21) Nation’s Largest Hospital Group Supports Mandatory Coronavirus Vaccines for Health Workers
In an effort to mitigate surging case numbers in the nation, the American Hospital Association (AHA) has called for all health care workers to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. The AHA has also announced its support for hospitals and health systems to implement mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policies for health care workers.

(07/21/21) Get Vaccinated or Take Weekly COVID-19 Test, NYC Public Healthcare Workers Told
Mayor Bill de Blasio has implemented a new policy in New York City which will require workers in hospitals and health clinics to get a COVID-19 vaccination or receive weekly COVD-19 tests. The policy will take effect in early August and will apply to public health workers as well as the entire NYC Health + Hospitals system’s workforce.

(07/15/21) Chiropractors and Nursing Assistants Have Some of the Lowest Vaccination Rates Among Oregon Health Care Workers
The Oregon Health Authority has recently released new data which shows that 70% of Oregon’s licensed health care professionals have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The data also shows that vaccination rates vary across medical professions with dentists achieving the highest vaccination rate and chiropractic assistants having the lowest.

(07/14/21) Viewpoint: COVID-19 Vaccines Should Be a Condition of Employment for Healthcare Personnel
This article from Becker’s Hospital Review highlights a statement released by a national coalition of medical societies. The statement encourages health organizations to make COVID-19 vaccination a condition of employment for health care workers. This recommendation was announced after a thorough review of employment law, recent data on unvaccinated individuals, and the effectiveness of the vaccine.

(07/14/21) Vaxxed or Axed: To Protect Patients, Every Health Care Worker Must Be Vaccinated
This opinion piece from STAT News supports the implementation of COVID-19 vaccination mandates for all health care workers. Several health care organizations have reported low vaccination rates among health care staff and the decision to mandate vaccination may be the best course of action for protecting patients.

(07/13/21) Groups Push for Health Worker COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates
This article reports that a group of coalitions, including the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) and the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) urged to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for health care workers. While the Biden Administration has not enforced a vaccine mandate, the coalition claimed that, without equating COVID-19 vaccination to a condition of employment is critical to achieve a sufficient level of vaccination rate.

(07/13/21) Multisociety Statement on COVID-19 Vaccination As a Condition of Employment for Healthcare Personnel
A coalition consisting of multiple international professional medical societies has released a statement, published in Cambridge University Press, recommending vaccination as a condition of employment for those working in health care settings.

(07/13/21) Coalition Says Health Workers Should Be Required to Get Coronavirus Vaccine
The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, the Infectious Diseases Society of America and five other medical groups have released a statement urging medical facilities to enforce COVID-19 vaccination mandates for their workers. The coalition of health-care organizations have also released guidance on navigating regulations, implementing a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy, and combating vaccine hesitancy.

(07/08/21) Update: Hospitals, Health Systems Mandating Vaccines for Workers
The number of hospitals and health systems that are now requiring health care employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccination is rapidly growing. This article from Becker’s Hospital Review lists the healthcare organization’s that have announced COVID-19 vaccine mandates as of July 8, 2021.

(07/08/21) COVID-19 Vaccines Could Soon Be Mandatory for VA Employees
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is now weighing in on COVID-19 vaccination mandates for its employees who work in health services. In efforts to ensure the safety of veteran patients and increase vaccination rates among VA staff, the VA Secretary, Denis McDonough, has offered incentives for health care workers to receive the COVID-19 vaccination and may consider a vaccination mandate if necessary.

(07/08/21) Trinity Health Mandates COVID-19 Vaccine for Employees at 91 Hospitals
This article from Becker’s Hospital Review highlights Trinity Health’s decision to mandate the COVID-19 vaccination among its employees. Trinity Health is one of the largest health systems in the nation with 91 hospitals, 113 continuing care facilities, and 117,000 employees. Employees are required to submit proof of vaccination by September 21, 2021.

(07/07/21) Hospitals Pressure Employees to Get Vaccinated as COVID-19 Variants Spread
Several hospital systems are mandating their workers to receive COVID-19 vaccinations in efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 and improve vaccination rates among health care workers. According to the most recent federal data reported by U.S. hospitals, thousands of health care workers remain unvaccinated and yet COVID-19 vaccination mandates are being met with resistance by health care workers, unions, and the public.

(06/30/21) Workers Are More Likely to Get a COVID-19 Vaccine When Their Employers Encourage It and Provide Paid Sick Leave, Though Most Workers Don’t Want Their Employers to Require It
With more employers returning to work, the new KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor report confirms workers are more likely to get a COVID-19 vaccine if their employer provides sick leave to get the vaccine and recovery time if the employee experiences any side effects. Approximately two-thirds of workers report that employers are encouraging getting vaccinated and 50 percent claim that their employer gives paid time off to get the vaccine and provide time for recovery for any side effects.

(06/28/21) Huge Number of Hospital Workers Still Unvaccinated
There is still a huge number of unvaccinated health care workers in the United States. In the 50 largest hospitals in the US, only 1 and 3 health care workers have been vaccinated. The vaccination rates vary greatly from 99% at Houston Methodist Hospital, which requires the vaccination for its health works, to 30-40% at certain hospitals in Florida.

(06/24/21) Several Mass Health Care Systems Will Require COVID-19 Vaccinations for Workers
Similar to trends seen throughout the United States, multiple large health care organizations in Massachusetts have announced vaccine mandates for their employees. Although these mandates have been announced, they will not start until after the Food and Drug Administration has approved the vaccines for general use, as opposed to the current emergency authorization.

(06/23/21) America’s Largest Health Care Union Vows to Fight Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccines
Following the announcement of a vaccine mandate from NewYork-Presbyterian, the largest health care worker union in the United States, 1199SEIU, is planning legal challenges against mandates for health care workers. As more hospital systems consider and implement vaccine mandates on their workers, other unions are also vocalizing disapproval, saying that their workers should be allowed to choose to vaccinate.

(6/22/2021) Ohio Vaccine Choice Bill Back in the Spotlight
This article highlights the Vaccine Choice & Anti-Discrimination Act of Ohio State that has generated controversies by allowing people to opt-out of the COVID-19 vaccination amid the recent controversies over vaccine mandates (House Bill 248). The bill received lots of attention after Dr. Sherri Tenpenny’s testimony at a public hearing on June 10 that said that “the COVID-19 vaccine leads to magnetism and causes metal objects to stick to the body of a person.” The bill sponsor said that the bill is intended to protect people who avoid vaccination from discrimination, but many doctors and health professionals are opposing it.

(06/18/21) The Struggle to Mandate COVID-19 Vaccines for Health Care Workers
While healthcare facilities have urged every employee to get vaccinated against COVID-19, vaccine hesitancy pervades among healthcare workers. Healthcare workers have led the vaccination uptake, however, hesitancy has recently increased among front-line workers, including “home health care aides, EMTs and nursing assistants.

(06/16/21) How Do CMS’s New COVID-19 Vaccine Reporting and Education Rules Apply To Different Long-Term Care Settings?
In an effort to clarify the new rules on vaccine reporting from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Kaiser Family Foundation published this issue brief. There are different requirements for both education and reporting depending on the type of long-term facility.

(06/15/21) COVID-19 Vaccine Passports and Health Care Providers
Florida has passed the Senate Bill 2006 that prohibits businesses from mandating to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination to access services. The new Statute (§ 381.00316) sets “a fine of up to $5,000 per violation” and applies to all private and public organizations in Florida. The bill goes into effect July 1st, 2021.

(06/15/21) Should Hospitals Mandate COVID-19 Vaccination?
This article published by the Association of American Medical Colleges discusses the topic of vaccination mandates for health care workers and the potential consequences of mandates. As some large health systems announce mandates for their workers, others are waiting to see how if vaccination rates will improve over time.

(06/15/21) ‘It’s a Fight You Don’t Want’: Will the Texas Court Ruling Requiring Employees to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine Unleash More Cases?
A Texas judge ruled that employees are required to get the COVID-19 vaccine at a Houston Hospital. This ruling might result in more health care providers requiring their employers to get the COVID-19 vaccination. There are other similar lawsuits pending but this is the first ruling of its kind.

(06/14/21) Court Upholds Houston Hospital’s Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccine Policy: ‘Every Employment Includes Limits on the Worker’s Behavior’
A mandatory COVID-19 vaccine policy at a Houston Hospital was upheld by the court last week. The judge made his decision after 178 hospital employees from Houston Methodist Hospital had been suspended for refusing to get vaccinated.

(06/11/21) Health Systems Mandating Vaccinations for Healthcare Workers
Several hospitals and health systems across the nation are requiring their employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccination in efforts to increase vaccination rates among health workers and end the COVID-19 pandemic. Some organizations are pushing for deadlines as early as July 1, 2021, and as late as September 15, 2021. This article from Becker’s Hospital Review lists the organizations that have announced COVID-19 vaccination mandates for their employees as of June 11, 2021.

(06/11/21) ‘It’s a Little Late’: US Orders Healthcare Worker Protections After Thousands Die
The US department last week announced an emergency standard to protect health workers in the workplace from the COVID-19 pandemic. The new order requires employers to not allow employees with COVID-19 to work, notify all employees of any exposures at work, and to better ensure that employers report worker deaths and hospitalizations to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

(06/10/21) US Labor Dept Issues Emergency COVID-19 Rule for Healthcare Workers
The US Labor Department issued an emergency rule to help better protect health care workers in the health care setting. The rule does not extend to other high risk industries. Hospitals, nursing homes and other health facilities will be required within 14 days to implement these rules that include limiting patient visits, new ventilation and screening procedures, and face mask requirements.

(06/09/21) Doctors Combat COVID-19 Vaccine Myths
This article reports that doctors have struggled fighting misinformation of the COVID-19 vaccine. There have been various myths of the vaccine that make people hesitate to vaccinate, including impact to fertility and ingredients that interact with DNA.

(06/09/21) US to Issue COVID-19 Rule for Healthcare Workers on Thursday
This article from CNBC discusses the release of upcoming rules from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration which will require health care providers to take additional steps to protect health care workers from COVID-19.

(06/03/21) First in Line, Still No Shot: Surprising Number of Hospital Workers Refuse Vaccines
A recent survey from USA Today covering some of the largest hospitals and hospital systems in the United States found employee vaccination rates as low as 51% and as high as 91%. The lower-than-desired vaccination rates have public health officials worried, as health care workers can be an example for the population at large.

(06/02/21) Mandating Clinician COVID-19 Vaccination May Hinder Population-Level Uptake
New commentary published in the Society of the Teachers of Family Medicine’s journal Family Medicine examines the potential impact of mandatory clinician vaccination on population-level vaccination. The authors recommend using vaccine mandates on providers with caution and consideration in an effort to avoid unintentional consequences.

(06/01/21) Engaging Nursing Assistants to Enhance Receptivity to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccine
Long-term care facilities were disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic which resulted in this sector being called the most dangerous job in the nation. Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) practicing in long-term care settings provide most of the direct care to residents and represent the largest proportion of nursing home personnel. Despite their role in long-term care, several studies have found that more than half of CNAs reported that they were unwilling to receive the COVID-19 vaccination until a future point in time. This article from The Journal of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine discusses the importance of understanding and mitigating vaccine hesitancy among CNAs.

(06/01/21) Texas Hospital Workers Sue Over Vaccine Mandates
This article reports a lawsuit case of a group of 117 workers against the Houston Methodist Health System’s policy that mandates the COVID-19 vaccination. The workers claim that the policy deprive their rights to protect themselves from vaccine side effects, while the center explains that the policy is for protecting its patients and workers.

(06/01/21) Despite Vaccines, Nursing Homes Still Struggle With COVID Outbreaks, Deaths
This NBC News article covers the impact of vaccine hesitancy on nursing homes, where unvaccinated staff are being blamed for outbreaks of COVID-19 that force shutdowns of facilities and contribute to deaths and illness among staff and patients. Although nursing homes were an early and important focus for vaccination, the constant inflow of new patients means these facilities remain high risk.

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