Update on Status of Federal Vaccination Mandates (as of 8:30 am 11/22/21)
A federal judge has rejected Florida’s request to temporarily halt the implementation of the mandatory vaccination rules implemented by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Accordingly, covered health care employers should be evaluating what to do in light of the conflict between Florida’s new vaccination law and the CMS rules.
As for the rules implemented by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (“OSHA”), the halt placed on OSHA’s enforcement of the mandatory vaccination rules remains in effect – for now. Employers should be discussing internally what to do in the event that the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal’s temporary injunction of the rule is overruled.
For details about the Florida Legislation bills, read the Williams Parker article written on November 19, 2021: Florida Enacts Vaccine Mandate Legislation Affecting Employers.
We also recommend reading the Sarasota Herald Tribune article written on November 20, 2021: New Florida Laws Could Put Companies in Difficult Position if Federal Vaccine Mandates Hold.