CLEVELAND (WJW/AP) — The Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals announced a vaccine mandate for their employees Friday.
In a statement to FOX 8, the clinic said:
“Vaccine requirements were recently announced for healthcare systems regulated by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). In accordance with these federal mandates, we require all of our U.S. employees and those who provide services to us to receive the COVID-19 vaccine by January 4.
Under the CMS rule, employees who are not fully vaccinated by January 4, 2022 and who do not have a religious or medical exemption that can be taken care of, will no longer be able to work with us.
In anticipation of this rule, we had implemented a COVID-19 vaccine validation program to collect the vaccination status of all our healthcare providers at all our locations in the US. We are proud that most of our healthcare providers have already been vaccinated and we encourage those who have not yet been vaccinated to receive their vaccine as soon as possible. “
UH said it does the same:
“The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released its COVID-19 vaccine mandate for healthcare providers. University Hospitals will meet these requirements.
The vast majority of our healthcare providers have been vaccinated against COVID-19. Vaccination is one of the most important ways to protect yourself from serious illness from COVID-19, including hospitalization and death, and to limit its spread to others.
Throughout this pandemic, our healthcare providers have increasingly risen to the opportunity to serve our community, our patients and care for each other.”
A coalition of 10 states has filed a lawsuit against President Joe Biden’s administration’s new rule that requires millions of health professionals to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
The lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court in Missouri follows similar ones filed by Republican-led states against Biden’s vaccine requirements for federal contractors and companies with more than 100 employees.
It argues that the vaccination requirement enacted by the federal centers for Medicare & Medicaid is unprecedented, unreasonably broad, and infringes upon states’ rights.
The Biden administration has said its rules supersede state policy and are necessary. The attorneys general of Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming participated in the lawsuit.
Meanwhile, last week, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost, and six other attorneys general sued the Biden administration, saying the Occupational Safety and Health Administration cannot coerce tens of millions of Americans in the private sector with the COVID-19 virus. get an injection.
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