CMS vaccine mandate pushed back
The CMS vaccine deadline has been pushed back but it does not apply to every state. This is the mandate for Medicare and Medicaid funded facilities. You know this mandate more commonly as the CMS mandate (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services).
This specific vaccine mandate only impacts healthcare workers working in those facilities.
According to the guidance from CMS staff at all healthcare facilities must have received their first dose by January 27th or Johnson and Johnson. Then they need to have their final dose by February 28th.
This deadline does not apply to everyone as we told you the week before Christmas if you live in any of these states Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Louisiana, Montana, Arizona, Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah, West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, and Texas.
If you live in one of those states listed you do not need to comply with these deadlines because the federal court and appeal courts have issued an injunction as these cases continue to play out in the court system.
Everything could change because the Supreme Court is taking up the cases against this mandate Friday January 7th. After the Supreme Court takes up this mandate and the OSHA mandate we may not know an answer right away.
With the hearings coming up you will be able to listen to them live but as aways cameras are not allowed in the court room so it will be audio only. You can listen to the hearings at SupremeCourt.gov.