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UMC responds to SCOTUS vaccine mandate, ‘directly threatening the capacity of hospitals’

Published: Jan. 14, 2022 at 11:18 AM CST
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LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - UMC released a statement Friday following the Supreme Court’s decision allowing a vaccine mandate for most health care workers in the U.S. to proceed.

On Thursday, the Supreme Court halted a vaccine mandate that would require COVID-19 vaccinations for U.S. businesses with at least 100 employees. At the same time, a 5-4 vote from the Supreme Court allowed a vaccine mandate for virtually all U.S. health care workers and providers that receive federal Medicare or Medicaid funding.

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UMC CEO Mark Funderburk issued the following statement after the Supreme Court’s decisions:

“The CMS Mandate, now upheld, is again directly threatening the capacity of hospitals, already struggling to secure appropriate staffing. Bottom line, employees – those who have been at the forefront of the pandemic – deserve a choice not a mandate. UMC will do everything possible to ensure all employees have an opportunity to comply, by vaccination or exemption.”

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