This tracker lists all blanket waivers to existing laws (i.e. covers all hospitals in the emergency area – in this case all of the US) and enforcement discretions that have thus far been granted by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) or other federal agencies in response to the COVID-19 emergency. It also indicates the requests for waivers that were made by New York State and CMS’ response to those requests.
COVID-19 Federal Waiver Tracker
June 24, 2021
DOH Guidance Sets November 22 as Compliance Date for COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate
The attached New York State Department of Health (DOH) guidance on the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health care personnel states that beginning November 22, 2021, all covered entities must ensure that covered personnel who were previously granted religious exemptions have documentation of either a first vaccination dose or a valid medical exemption. The guidance further...
November 17, 2021
Second Circuit Court of Appeals Issues Opinion on NYS COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate for Health Care Personnel
Last week the Second Circuit Court of Appeals lifted the injunctions barring New York State from taking enforcement action in connection with religious exemptions to its COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health care personnel. The court has now issued an opinion detailing its reasoning. Separately, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released a regulation...
November 5, 2021
CMS Issues Vaccine Mandate Interim Final Rule; Interplay with NYS Vaccine Mandate to be Determined
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued an interim final rule with comment period today to require all eligible staff working in CMS-certified facilities to receive the first dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine or a one-dose COVID-19 vaccine by December 5, 2021. All eligible staff must be fully vaccinated—with two doses of...
November 5, 2021