Gothenburg Health, Midland Memorial among organizations revisiting vaccination deadlines

After the Supreme Court upheld the CMS COVID-19 vaccination mandate for healthcare workers Jan. 13, hospitals and health systems are taking another look at their own requirements.

Here are nine healthcare organizations revisiting deadlines for their vaccination mandates:

Note: This story was updated Jan. 26. 

1. Gothenburg (Neb.) Health will require employees to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment, according to a news release shared with Becker's. Workers must have at least one dose, have a pending request for or have been granted a qualifying exemption, or identified as having a temporary delay in place as recommended by the CDC by Feb. 14. The deadline for full vaccination is March 14.

2. Midland (Texas) Memorial Hospital is reinstating a policy requiring staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19, a spokesperson said in a statement emailed to Becker's. Hospital officials told CBS affiliate KOSA  staff members have until Feb. 14 to receive at least one dose and must be fully vaccinated by March 14. Medical and religious exemptions are allowed. 

3. Morgantown, W.Va.-based WVU Medicine has reinstituted its mandate for employees, The Intelligencer reported. The deadline for employees to be fully vaccinated is March 15 in West Virginia and Ohio and Feb. 28 in Pennsylvania and Maryland.

4. Cleveland-based University Hospitals has set a new deadline for its vaccination mandate, according to a statement shared with NBC affiliate WKYC.  The health system said employees must receive at least one dose by Feb. 14 and be fully vaccinated by March 15.

5. Cody (Wyo.) Regional Health is revising its vaccination and exemption deadlines for workers to meet the CMS compliance timelines, the Cody Enterprise reported. Employees must receive at least one vaccine dose or an approved exemption by Jan. 27.

6. David Southerland, president and CEO of Regional Medical Center in Orangeburg, S.C., said employees must receive at least one vaccination by Jan. 27, according to CBS affiliate WLTX.  The hospital had held off on requiring vaccination until the Supreme Court's ruling.

7. Comanche County Memorial Hospital in Lawton, Okla., has reinstated its vaccination requirement, ABC affiliate KSWO reported. Taylor Farmer, the hospital's administrative director of human resources/recruiting, told the news station that employees may submit an exemption request but otherwise must receive at least one dose by Jan. 27.

8. Cleveland Clinic said it is requiring vaccinations after previously announcing Dec. 2 that it would pause implementation of its vaccination policy. The health system is requiring employees and those who provide services with its facilities to receive their first dose of an mRNA vaccine or their one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine by Jan. 27 and the second dose by Feb. 28.

9. Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA Healthcare, after announcing in December that it would pause its vaccination mandate — except for states in which it operates that have their own mandates — plans to adhere to the CMS rule, the for-profit hospital operator said Jan. 14. "Given the recent Supreme Court ruling, we will implement, in accordance with the CMS mandate rules, the requirement to vaccinate our healthcare workers who are covered by this policy, unless they qualify for an exemption," HCA said. 

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