Another victory in the fight against vaccine mandates.
Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals have suspended their vaccine mandate for caregivers.
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Two days after a federal judge put in a preliminary injunction against the start of President Joe Biden’s mandate that health care workers become fully vaccinated, University Hospitals have both announced that its caregivers may continue to provide patient care service regardless of vaccination status.
“University Hospitals has been moving to implement the COVID-19 vaccine mandate required by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). In light of the federal court injunction issued Nov. 30 that temporarily blocks CMS from enforcing the mandate, come Jan. 4, unless there is further legal action, caregivers may continue to provide patient care services regardless of their vaccination status,” UH said in a statement.
Also on Thursday, Cleveland Clinic followed suit and announced a pause of its vaccine policy.
“In light of these developments, we are pausing the implementation of our COVID-19 vaccine policy, which required all employees and those who provide services with us to either receive the COVID-19 vaccine or an approved exemption with accommodations. However, to further strengthen our protection of employees and patients, we will put in place additional safety requirements for employees who are unvaccinated, including periodic testing for those providing direct clinical care,” Cleveland Clinic announced in its statement.
The lawsuit was brought by 14 states — Arizona, Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah and West Virginia.
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