CMS Vaccine Mandate Update

In a December 15th decision, a U.S. Court of Appeals overturned an injunction halting implementation of the CMS COVID-19 vaccine mandate nationwide. Read on to learn more about what this decision means for community health centers.
Yesterday, December 15, the United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit overturned a nationwide preliminary injunction that had halted implementation of the CMS COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health care facilities, including community health centers. 
The 5th Circuit Court did however, issue a narrow preliminary injunction that continues to halt implementation of the rule for the 14 states that brought the lawsuit. Tennessee is not among one of the 14 states that filed suit, which means health centers in Tennessee are again required to comply with the CMS Interim Final Rule on COVID-19 vaccination for staff.
When the U.S. District Court for Western Louisiana first ordered a preliminary injunction of the Interim Final in November, the original vaccine mandate implementation deadlines of December 6 (Phase 1) and January 4 for (Phase 2) were no longer in effect. With the 5thCircuit Court decision, the timeline is not immediately clear for when enforcement of the CMS vaccine mandate will resume. 



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