COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate 

On November 4, 2021, CMS released the federal vaccine mandate interim final rule with comment period (IFC) to take effect immediately. This IFC requires all RHC staff (with some exemptions), to receive their first COVID-19 vaccine by December 4, 2021 and be fully vaccinated by January 4, 2022.

You can review NARHC's article on the mandate here. RHCs must incorporate vaccine mandate policy and procedure per 42 CFR 491.8(d). NARHC has created a sample P&P which can be found here.

With any questions, please contact Nathan Baugh, Director of Government Affairs at or Sarah Hohman, Deputy Director of Government Affairs at