CMS to Require COVID-19 Vaccinations for Workers in ‘Most Health Care Settings’ – Including Home Health Care – Home Health Care News

President Joe Biden unveiled a new six-pronged national COVID-19 strategy on Thursday, including stronger requirements around vaccinations for U.S. workers.

Home health agencies were among the health care organizations explicitly mentioned in the plan. Along with either requiring or pushing American workers to get vaccinated, the Biden administration’s strategy calls for increased testing and masking while allocating more support for COVID-burdened hospitals.

“The President’s plan will reduce the number of unvaccinated Americans by using regulatory powers and other actions to substantially increase the number of Americans covered by vaccination requirements — these requirements will become dominant in the workplace,” the White House plan reads. “In addition, the plan will provide paid time off for vaccination for most workers in the country.”


COVID-19 vaccines have been available to every person 16 and older since April 19, with individuals 12 and older able to receive vaccinations since May. Even so, just under 54% of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, according to CDC data.

From the White House COVID-19 strategy (Sept. 9, 2021)

Most home health and home care providers have strongly encouraged their front-line workforce to pursue vaccinations. Additionally, many