With the Supreme Court’s recent decision on the CMS Mandate, most of our healthcare facilities around the country will now follow the CMS rule. As it is today, the rule will require employees/providers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have obtained an approved medical or religious accommodation.
Our Protocol – Vaccination Status
Alegiant Healthcare Staffing will continue to collect and verify the vaccination status for all healthcare professionals as well as non-clinical associates working in a healthcare facility. We are collecting all vaccination requirements according to state, local, and federal mandates and, if requested, any specific client requirements. Note that we are seeing an increase in client demand for actual proof of vaccination/exemption in order to be place on assignment.
Based on our understanding of the information that was released, the new compliance dates for the CMS Rule are:
Facilities in the following states: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.
- January 27, 2022: 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.
- February 28, 2022: Staff at all health care provider and supplier types included in the regulation must complete the primary vaccination series.
Facilities in the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
- February 14, 2022: Staff at all healthcare 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.
- March 15, 2022: Staff at all healthcare provider and supplier types included in the regulation must complete the primary vaccination series
COVID-19 Booster Updates
Deadlines for the COVID-19 booster implemented by individual states are listed below. Please note that these are just the booster deadlines and they do not provide information on the other aspects of an individual state’s vaccination mandate, including religious and medical exemptions.
California: February 1, 2022
- All healthcare workers must receive a COVID-19 booster shot by February 1, 2022. Should a worker not be booster eligible by February 1, 2022, they must receive the booster within 15 days of becoming booster eligible.
Connecticut: February 11, 2022
- By February 11, 2022, a healthcare worker of a long-term care facility or state hospital must be (1) fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and, if eligible under FDA or CDC guidance, has received a COVID-19 vaccine booster.
- If not currently booster eligible, must receive a booster within 5 days of becoming eligible.
Massachusetts: February 28, 2022
- Healthcare workers at Hospice Programs; Long-term care Facilities; Home Care Services Assisted Living Residences; and 2 hospital facilities: Holyoke and Chelsea Soldiers’ Homes must receive their booster by February 28, 2022.
New York: ASAP
- Effective immediately. Healthcare workers must get a booster within 2 weeks of being eligible for a booster. No religious exemptions are allowed.
New Jersey: February 28, 2022
- Healthcare workers that are booster eligible must receive booster by February 28, 2022.
Alegiant Healthcare and affiliated brands must collect documentation of your worker’s vaccination history for its facility clients who are subject to this mandate. Please see the following below for how to provide this information.
- If you have workers who are eligible and have not yet received their booster shot, please ask them to make an appointment for one as soon as possible. If the booster is not available at the facility where they are working, they can visit vaccines.gov to search and find appointments near them.
If you have any questions, please give us a call!