Regulatory Update

CMS COVID-19 Healthcare Staff Vaccination Rule

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February 13, 2022
March 14, 2023
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Polaris Group
March 14, 2023

See CMS' latest COVID-19 vaccination requirements and timelines for healthcare staff.

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The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) deadline for staff vaccination for states not in litigation arrived on January 27th. CMS has issued a two-phase requirement:

Phase 1 Requirements:

  • Facilities must have all policies and procedures in place for ensuring staff are fully vaccinated, providing exemptions, and tracking staff vaccinations.

  • Staff at all health care facilities included within the regulation must have received, at a minimum, the first dose of a primary series or a single dose COVID-19 vaccine prior to staff providing any care, treatment, or other services for the facility and/or its patients.

Phase 2 Requirements:

  • Staff must be fully vaccinated (with the exception of those who have been granted exemptions from the COVID-19 vaccine or for those staff for whom the COVID-19 vaccination must be temporarily delayed, as recommended by CDC).

You can see the full CMS timeline by state here.

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