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Judge blocks CMS mandate in 10 states

A CMS mandate on COVID-19 vaccines has been put on hold in 10 states by a federal judge Monday, Nov. 29, 2021.

The vaccine requirement for employees at certified Medicare and Medicaid providers was introduced in early November, with two deadlines:

  • By Dec. 6, 2021, employees should have had their first shot or single shot of a COVID-19 vaccine. Agencies are also expected to have a plan/process in place for their vaccination program, including contingency plans for employees who are not able to get vaccinated.
  • By Jan. 4, 2022, employees should have had their second shot, if necessary.

There are exceptions for federally protected groups and employee who work 100% remote.

The preliminary injunction by St. Louis-based U.S. District Judge Matthew Schelp applies to a coalition of suing states, reports NBC News. That includes Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. Similar lawsuits also are pending in other states.