Comments Due Jan. 4 on Federal Vaccine Mandates; MHA Summary Available

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently released the anticipated detailed rules mandating vaccines for employees of healthcare facilities and businesses with 100 or more workers.

The MHA has prepared a detailed accounting of the key elements, highlighting deadlines, definitions and more. Members are urged to review the summary of the rules as soon as possible. Comments are due Jan. 4, the same date by which workers must be fully vaccinated.

The MHA is aware of potential issues with the CMS rule’s requirement that first shots be given by Dec. 6. The association is communicating its serious concern about the restricted timeframe to the MHA’s state and federal partners and regulators and will keep members apprised of any updates on this deadline.

Members with questions about the rules may contact Laura Appel at the MHA.