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Campbell County Health Responds to U.S. Supreme Court Ruling

Campbell County Health Responds to U.S. Supreme Court Ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that CMS does have within its charge to protect the health and wellbeing of Medicare and Medicaid patients and the authority to require healthcare workers to be vaccinated for COVID-19. From the Supreme Court, “The rule thus fits neatly within the language of the statute. After all, ensuring that providers take steps to avoid transmitting a dangerous virus to their patients is consistent with the fundamental principle of the medical profession: first, do no harm.”

Campbell County Health developed protocols to ensure our facility and our staff continue to provide the highest standard of care while protecting our patients. These protocols include offering options for vaccination, allowing employees to apply for medical and religious exemptions, and developing a testing process for unvaccinated staff. The CMS rule applies to employees, medical staff, board members, students, consultants, volunteers, vendors, and contracted employees.

We are awaiting direction from CMS on specific timelines and will communicate information when it becomes available.

As part of our commitment to providing a lifetime of care with dedication, skill and compassion, Campbell County Health encourages everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated for COVID-19 as the best way to keep our community safe and reduce the stress on the local healthcare system. While CCH believes that mandating vaccination is not the right decision for our community, we will continue to provide accurate and factual information about COVID-19, including available vaccines at www.cchwyo.org/coronavirus. We will continue to coordinate with state, local and federal authorities to ensure that Campbell County Health provides excellent care to our patients and residents within COVID-19 protocols