10 healthcare organizations suspending COVID-19 vaccination mandates

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Not like they have a choice, But Ten Healthcare organizations were forced to suspend their unconstitutional COVID-19 mandates after A federal judge in Missouri on Nov. 29 temporarily blocked CMS from enforcing its mandate in 10 states pending the outcome of litigation. The next day, federal judges in Kentucky and Louisiana expanded that order nationwide.

Beckershospitalreview.com shared all the details in a list updated December 3rd

1. At this time, Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare will not enforce the CMS vaccination requirement for individuals working in its facilities, the for-profit hospital operator told staff in a letter shared with Becker’s. Tenet said workers who are in a state that has previously issued a vaccination mandate must continue to follow the state or local requirement. The company continues to encourage vaccination and will continue accepting exemption requests.

2. With a temporary block of the mandate in place, come Jan. 4, unless there is further legal action, employees of Cleveland-based University Hospitals may continue to provide patient care services regardless of their vaccination status, according to a statement shared with Becker’s. University Hospitals said vaccination is not a condition of employment at this time, but the health system continues asking workers to get vaccinated or to seek an accommodation.  

3. Cleveland Clinic announced Dec. 2 that it is pausing the implementation of the health system’s vaccination policy, which required employees and those who provide services with the health system to receive the vaccine or an approved exemption with accommodations. The health system said it will have additional safety requirements for unvaccinated workers, including periodic testing for those providing direct clinical care.

4. Dover, Del.-based Bayhealth is pausing a vaccination requirement in light of the federal injunction, according to Delaware Online/The News Journal. Shana Ross, vice president of human resources, said the health system will no longer require vaccination as a condition of employment, but will continue following Delaware’s directive of healthcare workers either receiving the shot or undergoing regular testing, according to an email to staff shared with the newspaper.

5. Lewes, Del.-based Beebe Healthcare said in a statement shared with Delaware Online/The News Journal that it was pausing its mandate. The organization said it will require unvaccinated workers to undergo regular testing.

6. Greenville, S.C.-based Prisma Health is suspending its COVID-19 team member vaccination requirement because of the temporary halt of the CMS mandate, Sandy Dees, media relations coordinator at the health system, told Becker’s

7. Intermountain Healthcare told Becker’s the Salt Lake City-based health system has temporarily paused enforcement of its vaccination requirement as it awaits the outcome of national litigation regarding federal requirements. 

8. Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA Healthcare is pausing its COVID-19 vaccination mandate amid recent federal court decisions, except for states that have their own mandates, according to a statement shared with Becker’s. The pause affects all states in which HCA operates, except California and Colorado.

9. St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, Idaho, has paused its employee vaccination requirement after the temporary stop of federal requirements, according to The Lewiston Tribune.  

10. Johnson City, Tenn.-based Ballad Health has suspended the vaccination requirement for its employees after federal court decisions, according to local news source WJHL

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