SAN ANGELO, TX –– Late last week OSHA announced it would be pausing enforcement of the COVID-19 vaccine as the issue is litigated in court. But even as the vaccine mandate is in legal limbo, Shannon Medical Center announced on Friday all employees will be required to be fully vaccinated by the beginning of next year.
According to the statement released by Shannon, on November 4th, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services or CMS issued an interim final rule regarding Covid-19 vaccines for all eligible providers and staff at healthcare facilities that participate in CMS programs.
"As a licensed healthcare facility that must follow the federal regulations of CMS, Shannon must comply with this requirement," said the statement. "This includes all clinical and non-clinical staff, licensed practitioners, students, trainees, volunteers, and contracted staff that work within any entity of our health system and interact with patients or other staff members."
As a result, all eligible staff will be required to receive at least one vaccine dose by December 5 and be fully vaccinated by January 4. Medical or religious exemptions are allowed under this rule.
The rule will apply to all healthcare facilities like Shannon that provide care to Medicare and Medicaid patients. Non-compliance could jeopardize the hospital's ability to continue providing services and care for patients in the region.