May 5, 2023
On May 1, 2023, the White House announced that COVID-19 vaccine requirements for federal employees, federal contractors, and international air travelers will end on May 11, the same day the federal public health emergency ends. In addition, the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Homeland Security (DHS) announced they will begin the process of ending their vaccine requirements for Head Start educators, health care facilities certified by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and certain noncitizens at the United States’ land border. More information about ending the vaccine requirements will be released soon by each respective agency.
The COVID-19 vaccine requirements that are now being repealed went into effect in 2021. These measures were taken to promote the health and safety of Americans and their workplaces and to help protect vulnerable populations. The Administration cite the reasons for moving into a different phase of response than what was needed when vaccine mandate was initially issued are because there has been a significant decline in COVID-19 deaths and hospitalizations in the U.S. and globally and 270 million Americans have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot,
ASHA first reported on the Administration’s vaccine requirement for most providers who are reimbursed by Medicare/Medicaid in November 2021. It is important that audiologists and speech-language pathologists who are subject to the federal vaccine requirements consider several elements as they make plans for themselves, their staff, and their facilities.
Please contact ASHA’s health care and education policy team at firstname.lastname@example.org.