The Supreme Court has ruled that healthcare workers must be vaccinated.
Although a different federal law prevents the vaccination requirement from taking effect in big corporations, the judgement enables it to do so in healthcare settings.
Even though challenges challenging the federal government’s ability to impose the vaccination requirement for healthcare workers against COVID-19 are still pending, the Supreme Court ruled on Thursday.
HHS’s final rule requiring vaccination for healthcare workers in Medicare and Medicaid-eligible institutions “fits neatly within” the power Congress has given HHS to put restrictions on federal payments, the Supreme Court ruled in its 5-4 ruling on Thursday.
That’s because protecting patients from a harmful virus is in line with the medical profession’s core principle: first, do no harm,” a statement accompanying today’s judgement noted. In order to make people ill with COVID–19, “it would be the’very reverse of efficient and successful management for an institution that is designed to make people well’.”
Health care professionals were initially obliged to have their first shot by December 6, 2020, and to be completely vaccinated by January 4, 2022, unless they had medical or religious exemptions. This was then changed to a deadline of December 6, 2021. Health and Human Services (HHS) anticipated that the new regulation will affect about 10.3 million healthcare workers.
As a result, the Eastern District of Missouri and the Western District of Louisiana of the United States District Courts granted preliminary injunctions against the implementation of the vaccination requirement in the states concerned with the lawsuits and ultimately won their claims.
Accordingly, HHS temporarily halted vaccination requirements for healthcare workers, but eventually restored them in all states that weren’t affected by court judgments. The mandate is currently being enforced by the government in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and Wyoming.
A new deadline of January 27, 2022 has been set by the federal agency for the first dosage of the COVID-19 vaccine to be administered to Medicare and Medicaid institutions’ staffs. By Feb. 28, 2022, all employees must be immunised against COVID-19.
The American Hospital Association (AHA) stated Thursday that it would assist hospitals in complying with the requirement for the COVID-19 vaccination.
“The AHA will work with the hospital industry to develop methods to comply that balance that obligation with the need to maintain a sufficient personnel to address the needs of their patients,” remarked Rick Pollack, AHA president and CEO.
Any health care providers that are not subject to the CMS obligation should continue their efforts to obtain high immunisation rates.” In order to safeguard everyone in our communities, we must work together as a field to utilise vaccinations as the potent instrument they are.”
AMA REACTS TO A DECISION BY THE SUPREME COURT
After the Supreme Court’s verdict, the American Medical Association issued a statement. In other words,
“Despite the American Medical Association’s (AMA) happy news about today’s decision, we are very disappointed that the Court blocked the OSHA’s emergency temporary standard for COVID-19 vaccination and testing for large businesses from going into effect. This means that health care workers who get COVID-19 vaccines will not be able to work.
Since COVID-19 was first discovered, workplace transmission has been a significant element in its proliferation. Commonsense, evidence-based precautions against COVID-19 infection, hospitalisation, and mortality are needed more more than ever by employees in all settings throughout the country – especially those who are immunocompromised or cannot get vaccinations due to medical conditions. In fact, United Airlines recently released data showing that on average, more than one of their employees died each week from the virus before their own vaccination requirement went into effect; however, today, none of their vaccinated workers are currently hospitalised with COVID-19 despite breakthrough infections and 3,000 current positive employees.”
“To do their share to protect their workforces and communities so that we can battle this COVID-19 epidemic together,” the AMA urged major businesses.