Statement from Cleveland Clinic on the CMS Vaccine Requirement – January 28, 2022
The COVID-19 vaccination mandate announced by the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requires all of our U.S. employees and those who provide services with us to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Our deadline for employees and those who provide services with us to receive their first dose of a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine or their one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine was January 27, 2022, and they must receive their second dose by February 28, 2022.
Employees who have not begun the vaccination process and do not have an approved exemption or an exemption pending, have been placed on an unpaid leave of absence (LOA) beginning today.
We value each of our caregivers and are proud that 99% of our caregivers have complied with the CMS mandate.
As a health system, if we do not comply with the CMS vaccination requirements, this would have a direct and extraordinary impact on our ability to care for patients, including potentially limiting critical health services we can offer.
Statement from Cleveland Clinic on the Supreme Court’s COVID-19 Vaccine Ruling – January 14, 2022
On Jan. 13, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the COVID-19 vaccine mandate issued by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare (CMS) is allowed to move forward for healthcare workers in the U.S.
Therefore, in accordance with this federal mandate, we are requiring all of our employees and those who provide services with our facilities in those states to receive their first dose of an mRNA vaccine or their one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine by January 27, 2022 and the second dose by February 28, 2022. Those who do not receive their vaccinations and who do not have an approved exemption will be placed on an unpaid leave of absence.
We are proud that the majority of our caregivers are already vaccinated, and we are encouraging those who are not yet vaccinated to receive their vaccine as quickly as possible.