September 09, 2021
This evening, President Joe Biden announced a sweeping strategy to combat COVID-19, including new vaccine mandates for staff at health care facilities, large businesses, and federal employees.
In his speech, Biden said the rise of the Delta variant required additional action to limit the spread of the virus and reach nearly 80 million eligible Americans who remain unvaccinated. Biden will issue several executive orders and other federal rules as part of the vaccine mandate.
“We can and we will turn the tide on COVID-19,” President Biden said during the address.
The White House’s new COVID-19 action plan includes:
The vaccine mandate for Medicare and Medicaid-certified facilities will cover about 17 million health care workers, federal officials said. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is expected to develop an Interim Final Rule with Comment Period that will be issued during October.
HAP continues to monitor state and federal COVID-19 public health developments and will provide updates to members.
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