White House announces ‘New Enforcement Guidance’ on covid ‘vaccine’ mandates

The White House on 22 November 2022 announced “new enforcement guidance” on covid vaccine mandates for nursing home residents and staff.

It announced “new enforcement guidance to ensure nursing homes are offering updated covid-19 vaccines and timely treatment to their residents and staff,” according to a White House fact sheet. It stated that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) still requires “nursing homes to educate their residents” on covid-19 vaccines and offer vaccines to residents.

“CMS will issue guidance today reminding health care providers of this requirement,” the fact sheet reads. “In its guidance, CMS will make clear that nursing homes with low vaccination rates will be referred to state survey agencies for close scrutiny, and that facilities that do not comply with the requirement to offer and educate on the benefit of vaccinations will face enforcement actions, including the need to submit corrective action plans to achieve compliance.”

The White House didn’t elaborate on what “enforcement actions” it would implement. However, in the fall of 2021, President Joe Biden’s administration announced vaccine mandates for facilities that receive Medicaid or Medicare funding—along with a now-scrapped rule that would force workers at companies with 100 or more employees to get the vaccine.

CMS officials didn’t respond to a request by The Epoch Times for comment by press time regarding what penalties health care providers may encounter.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will ask “governors for their assistance and partnership in increasing covid vaccination rates for long-term care residents and highlight for them how their states are performing against their peers,” according to the White House.

Corporate and government vaccine mandates have largely fallen out of favor in recent months amid falling covid numbers. Tyson Foods, the largest meat company by sales in the United States, confirmed last week that it dropped its mandate, while a New York judge tossed New York’s mandate for city employees in October.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated in 2021 that the requirement covers 10.4 million health care workers at 76,000 facilities.

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