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Federal Government Releases Two Workplace Vaccination Policies

CMS last week released an emergency regulation requiring COVID-19 vaccination of eligible staff at healthcare facilities that participate in Medicare and Medicaid, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration released the final rule for its Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) requiring employees at workplaces with 100 or more employees to either be fully vaccinated or take part in regular testing. The ETS has been temporarily stayed by a federal Circuit Court, but Curi recommends that practices continue to prepare for implementation. HR|Experts, Curi’s external human resources consultant, will be presenting a “Healthcare Vaccine Policy Updates” webinar on Wednesday, Nov. 17 at noon ET for Curi members; click here to register.

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All Curi recommendations are based on current CDC criteria at the time of publication. CDC guidance for SARS-CoV-2 infection may, or may not, be adopted by state and local health departments to respond to rapidly changing local circumstances. Providers should always check with their local health department to see if the CDC’s guidance on any given topic has been modified (particularly if more restrictive) from the CDC’s recommended guidelines. Follow this link https://www.cdc.gov/publichealthgateway/healthdirectories/index.html for contact information to your state/local health department. If local recommendations vary from those of the CDC, and you are unsure what recommendations to follow, then it is safer to follow the more restrictive guidelines/recommendations.