Federal judge prevents healthcare workers from being vaccinated nationwide
When a federal judge stopped law enforcement on Tuesday, President Joe Biden encountered obstacles in trying to increase the COVID-19 vaccination rate among healthcare workers.
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued a temporary final rule this month that effectively makes COVID-19 vaccination a condition for participation in Medicare and Medicaid, which means that healthcare employers who do not comply with mandatory injections may lose Reimbursement of these plans.
According to regulations, it is estimated 17 million employees in 76,000 healthcare facilities You need to get the first dose of coronavirus vaccine before December 6th and be fully immunized before January 4th.
In the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, Judge Terry Doughty (Terry Doughty) issued a Preliminary injunction Stop it.Republican officials from 14 states File a lawsuit Challenge vaccine authorization. From Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah And public officials in West Virginia launched a legal challenge.
“This matter will ultimately be decided by a higher court than this one. However, it is important to maintain the status quo in this case. The same is true for the free interests of those who have not been vaccinated,” Doughty wrote in his ruling.
CMS’ health care workplace rules and regulations of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration For employers with at least 100 workers It is a key element of Biden’s response to COVID-19 and has been subject to numerous lawsuits.
The decision of the federal judge in Louisiana was made one day after the federal judge in Missouri Pause CMS rules In Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming as part of a separate lawsuit.A federal judge in Florida Refused The state government tried to block the authorization of healthcare workers last week.
In addition to the federal regulations that require healthcare workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19, many states have enacted similar regulations.A sort of Dozen states Vaccination is mandatory, and the other three require medical staff to be vaccinated or tested every week.More than a dozen states Banned Employer’s vaccine regulations.U.S. Supreme Court Reject request Maine health care workers blocked the state’s regulations last month.
In practice, vaccine regulations in healthcare settings are effective, but the results vary by region and provider type.
Some hospitals and health systems that established vaccination requirements before state and federal actions saw Major success. Overall, 70% of hospital staff Vaccinated According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of mid-September.But the vaccination rate of rural healthcare employers, especially Already behind. Healthcare companies have not outspokenly opposed these regulations, but many companies have Express concern These rules will deteriorate Continuing staff shortage For hospitals, nursing homes, family health care institutions and other institutions.