Judge blocks U.S. COVID-19 vaccine rule for health workers in 10 states




  • In US
  • 2021-11-29 20:18:09Z
  • By Reuters

By Tom Hals

(Reuters) - A federal judge on Monday blocked in 10 states a Biden administration vaccine requirement, finding the agency that issued the rule mandating healthcare workers get vaccinated against the coronavirus likely exceeded its authority.

The ruling by U.S. District Judge Matthew Schelp in St. Louis prevents the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) from enforcing its vaccine mandate for healthcare workers until the court can hear legal challenges brought by the 10 states.

The ruling is the second legal setback for the Biden Administration's requirements aimed at increasing the use of vaccines to halt the COVID-19 pandemic. A federal appeals court in New Orleans earlier this month blocked a sweeping workplace mandate that requires businesses with at least 100 employees to get their staff vaccinated or tested weekly.

Republican state attorneys general sued the administration in early November over the CMS rule, seeking to block the requirement because they alleged it would worsen healthcare staffing shortages.

Schelp said CMS had significantly understated the burden of its mandate on the ability of healthcare facilities to provide proper care.

Schelp's ruling applied in the 10 states that brought the case: Missouri, Nebraska, Arkansas, Kansas, Iowa, Wyoming, Alaska, South Dakota, North Dakota and New Hampshire.

On Nov. 4, CMS issued the interim final rule it said covers over 10 million people and applies to around 76,000 healthcare providers including hospitals, nursing homes and dialysis centers.

Providers that fail to comply with the mandate could lose access to Medicare and Medicaid funds. Medicare serves people 65 and older and the disabled. Medicaid serves the poor.

(Reporting by Tom Hals in Wilmington, Delaware; additional reporting by Ahmed Aboulenein in Washington; Editing by Bill Berkrot)

COMMENTS

More Related News

Mandatory COVID shots could deepen German nurse shortage, say care companies
Mandatory COVID shots could deepen German nurse shortage, say care companies

As Germany gears up to make COVID-19 vaccination compulsory in the healthcare sector, the industry fears that resistance among some workers will exacerbate staffing shortages and leave many families reliant on carers in the lurch. Around 90% of medical staff in Germany are vaccinated, compared to about 70% in the general population, but that still leaves hundreds of thousands not vaccinated. Institutions and families that are heavily reliant on workers from eastern Europe where vaccination rates are lower have particular reason to be worried, said Daniel Schloer, the owner of the SunaCare GmbH agency that matches German families with Polish carers looking for work abroad.

Column: When a medical team quit, this hospital sued to force them to keep working
Column: When a medical team quit, this hospital sued to force them to keep working

Rather than offer its workers better pay and working conditions, a Wisconsin hospital sued to keep them from leaving

Workers at a Wisconsin hospital sought new jobs with higher pay - then the hospital sued to stop them from leaving
Workers at a Wisconsin hospital sought new jobs with higher pay - then the hospital sued to stop them from leaving

ThedaCare said in a complaint that Ascension had "poached" the hospital's workers as the region struggles amid a rise in COVID-19 cases.

Letters to the Editor: Why do anti-vaxxers even show up at hospitals when they get COVID?
Letters to the Editor: Why do anti-vaxxers even show up at hospitals when they get COVID?

Readers discuss an op-ed article by a doctor who has been verbally attacked by anti-vaccine COVID patients and their families.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

Top News: US