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PPGH Tells Employees Vaccine Mandate Won’t Be Enforced

PPGH Tells Employees Vaccine Mandate Won’t Be Enforced
December 01
20:05 2021

A federal judge on Tuesday blocked the Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate for health care workers from going into effect nationwide next week after Texas and other states challenged the order. It was welcome news for some Palo Pinto General Hospital employees, said CEO Ross Korkmas.

“The CMS mandate would negatively impact PPGH due to the fact that some of our employees are not yet prepared to receive the Covid vaccination or do not think it is right for it to be mandated,” Korkmas.

The Biden administration issued an emergency order knows as CMS, which went into effect Nov. 4, requiring eligible workers at health care facilities participating in the Medicare and Medicaid programs to get the first shot of a two-dose vaccine or a one-dose vaccine by Dec. 6.

The CEO went on to explain that he thinks the hospital staff is around 90% vaccinated which includes staff who claim medical or religious exemptions. In a letter sent to employees, Korkmas did encourage any employees who had taken steps to get vaccinated to complete the process.

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