Federal agencies issue vaccine mandates; ADA reviewing rules

The American Dental Association is reviewing vaccine mandates recently issued. According to the ADA News, on November 4, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued an emergency temporary standard requiring employers with 100 or more employees to ensure employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or require unvaccinated employees to wear face coverings and be tested weekly. This standard also requires employers to provide paid leave for vaccination, as well as for recovery time from any vaccine-related side effects.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services also issued a similar rule on November 4 that affects staff at health care facilities that participate in Medicare or Medicaid.

According to the ADA News, "At this time, the OSHA standard will not impact dental practices with fewer than 100 employees across all locations of the business. The CMS rule will apply to dentists working in Medicare or Medicaid facilities such as hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, nursing homes and federally qualified health centers, but not private dental offices." To read the full story, visit ADA News.

For more information about the mandates, visit OSHA.gov and CMS.gov.