Supreme Court OKs Vaccine Mandate

The judgement allows the vaccine mandate to go into force in hospital settings, but not in major corporations, which is prohibited by a separate federal rule.

The Supreme Court said Thursday that the federal government can implement a final regulation requiring healthcare workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

"It would be the 'the polar opposite of efficient and effective administration for a hospital that is supposed to keep people healthy to make them sick with COVID–19."

Unless workers received medical or religious exemptions, the final regulation required healthcare workers to have at least first vaccination by Dec. 6, 2021, and  fully vaccinated by Jan. 4, 2022.

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, the rule will affect nearly 10.3 million people who work in hospitals and other healthcare facilities.

In light of the court decisions, HHS put the vaccine mandate for healthcare workers on hold, but later reinstated it in all states that were not involved in the litigation.

California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, and Maine are among the states that are currently enforcing the rule.

The Department of Health and Human Services revised requirements, requiring Medicare and Medicaid facilities to have their personnel vaccinated with first dose of COVID-19 vaccine by Jan. 27, 2022.

The American Hospital Association (AHA) stated in a statement on Thursday that it will cooperate with hospitals to ensure compliance with the COVID-19 vaccine mandate.