CMS: “Vaccine requirements work”

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure declared that “Vaccine requirements work.” She once again urged healthcare facility administrators to increase efforts to get workers vaccinated against COVID-19. Brooks-LaSure wrote:

“We have seen that health care systems that implement vaccine requirements are not experiencing dramatic staff losses. Vaccinated staff are instead more available to work since they are less likely to get sick.”

the industry must implement 1-on-1 informational interviews and open panel discussions with clinicians to combat misinformation. CMS released guidance on  Dec. 28, Jan. 14 and Jan. 20 with more information.

Nationwide vaccination rates of residents and staff averaged 87.3% and 81.6%, respectively, according to the latest CMS data.

“Vaccine requirements work,” Brooks-LaSure emphasized in her letter.