On Nov. 4, 2021, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its Health Care Staff Vaccination Interim Final Rule, which applies to all Medicare and Medicaid-certified providers and supplier types, but later suspended its COVID-19 vaccination
mandate pending litigation. On Jan. 13, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the CMS can enforce its COVID-19 vaccination mandate for health care workers. On Jan. 19, 2022, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Amarillo Division,
dismissed without prejudice the State of Texas’ preliminary injunction regarding the CMS vaccination mandate. As a result, UTMB is now required to comply with this federal regulation.
The federal regulation applies to the following individuals, both current and new, regardless of clinical responsibility or patient contact:
- All UTMB employees, including faculty
- Licensed practitioners, including community physicians with UTMB privileges
- Contracted staff
The federal regulation applies to all the individuals in these groups, even if they perform duties offsite, as they may enter into a CMS-regulated facility during the course and scope of their employment and/or association with UTMB.