BREAKING: ‘Texas was included in an overall nationwide injunction order’

The injunction suspends the requirement for employees to receive the Covid-19 vaccine

VICTORIA, Texas – On Nov. 4, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) released a new Interim Final Rule (IRF). The IRF required all staff to receive Covid-19 vaccinations at facilities that participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. This rule also required Citizens Medical Center and other area hospitals and medical facilities to make sure staff becomes fully vaccinated for the virus by Jan. 4, 2022.

On Sunday, Nov. 29, the Eastern District of Missouri approved a temporary injunction. The injunction covers Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, New Hampshire, Nebraska, Wyoming, North Dakota and South Dakota. Through this injunction, the requirement for employees to receive the Covid-19 vaccine was suspended.

On Monday, Nov. 30, an additional temporary injunction out of the Western District of Louisiana Monroe Division covered all states, excluding the ten previously mentioned states. Those states are already under the preliminary injunction order.

On Wednesday, Dec. 1, morning, Citizens Medical Center notified all staff members of this update.

“Tuesday evening, Texas was included in an overall nationwide injunction order restraining implementation of the CMS COVID-19 vaccine requirement.  As a result, we will push pause on our efforts to comply with the CMS vaccine requirement. We continue to strongly encourage vaccination of our employees as a protection for our patients, visitors, employees and their families.” Mike Olson, Chief Executive Officer, Citizens Medical Center