17 million health care workers must be vaccinated by Jan. 4
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17 million health care workers must be vaccinated by Jan. 4 under Biden’s COVID-19 mandate
The Biden administration on Thursday unveiled a sweeping new COVID-19 vaccination rule that would require about 17 million health care workers across 76,000 hospitals, nursing homes and other health care facilities to get fully immunized by Jan. 4.
The vaccine mandate for health workers and an accompanying one for businesses with 100 or more employees aims to reduce the ranks of the unvaccinated, prevent workers and customers from getting sick and spur the economy by encouraging millions of Americans to return to work.
Unlike the companion mandate for private businesses, health care workers who refuse vaccination won’t have the option of getting tested in lieu of immunization. Citing “higher bar” for health facilities because of their critical role in ensuring the health and safety of patients, President Joe Biden’s plan will allow only health care workers who qualify for a medical or religious exemption to skip the immunization, a senior administration official said.
Hospital and health system jobs increase by over 1,000 in October
Employment at hospitals and health systems increased by more than 1,000 jobs in October, as U.S. jobs overall increased by 531,000, according to preliminary data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Health care jobs overall increased by more than 37,000 to just over 16 million (seasonally adjusted). Most health care service providers saw increases, including nursing care facilities which added nearly 12,000 jobs. BLS also revised preliminary estimates from September and August upward. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals and health systems have added just over 41,000 jobs, but remain below their February 2020 peak.
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