The Federal mandate on Thursday stated that all Hospital operating staff must be protected against the COVID-19 by undergoing full vaccination latest by early 2022. Many hospitals are yet to make necessary changes in their protocol for the same and draft rules in accordance.
The rule stated that Hospitals that are a part of Medicaid or Medicare have to get any of the approved dosages of the vaccines, such as Moderna or Pfizer’s 2 shots or the single inoculation by Johnson & Johnson. The other alternative is getting tested weekly for the virus. The deadline set for conforming to these norms is Jan 04, 2022.
Palm Beach County has seen less than half of its hospitals in compliance. Almost all of the 24,000 employees in South Florida at Baptist’s have been vaccinated. Lakeside Medical Center has over 75% full vaccinated employees as per spokeswoman Robin Kish.
Other hospitals which are not in compliance have stated that “We are currently analyzing the rule,” Jupiter Medical Center spokeswoman Patti Patrick said in an email. “As we gain a greater understanding of its content, we will be able to determine next steps.”
HCA Healthcare, with runs 2 hospitals in the area, has not mandated inoculation for its healthcare workers as yet. “We are planning to comply with the federal COVID-19 vaccination requirements,” spokeswoman Kathryn Walton said.
Making room for anti-vaxxers, the authorities at some hospitals believe that, “We’d want to make sure that the employer operated within the limits of the (federal) regulations,” Ewart said, and “that employees who make good-faith medical or religious exemptions have those honored and that employees are given time to comply.”
President Joe Biden had expressed the urgency of these rules, 2 months in advance, however, it is yet to see widespread adoption, as the deadline is still 2 months ahead.