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01 Sep

September 2021: Maryland Mandates Vaccinations for Healthcare Workers

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Update Applicable to:
Employers with healthcare employees in Maryland.

What happened?
On August 18, 2021, Governor Hogan announced a mandate for COVID-19 vaccinations which was followed by a directive by the Maryland department of health.

What are the details?
The directive, effective immediately, requires employees in Maryland’s nursing homes and hospitals to provide proof of vaccination or adhere to regular COVID-19 screening and testing beginning September 1, 2021.

Employees will be required to show proof of a first dose in a two-dose vaccination or a single dose in a one-dose COVID-19 vaccination. Though only a first dose or single dose is required by September 1, 2021, all staff are required to complete the full shot regimen, including any booster shot.

The directive and order direct private facilities to develop procedures to resolve situations in which staff members fail to comply with the directive by failing to show proof of vaccination by September 1, 2021. Under the directive and order, those procedures may not be less stringent than weekly COVID-19 testing and personal protective equipment (PPE) protocols. Maryland will also require that all vaccine providers give notice of a vaccine administration within 24 hours of the event via the Maryland Department of Health’s ImmuNet system.

Nursing homes face additional staff requirements to protect patients. Maryland may enforce fines, civil penalties, and possible enforcement actions if a nursing home fails to comply with the new vaccination protocols or report vaccination data to state agencies.

The directive can be read here.

An article on the mandate can be read here.

What do employers need to do?
Employers should review the directive and their applicable policies regarding vaccinations, safety, and any other applicable subjects to stay in compliance with the new directive and mandate.