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Florida healthcare providers, companies to face vaccination requirement

| 9/14/2021

Florida healthcare providers, companies to face vaccination requirement

After announcing last month that it will require nursing-home workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19, the Biden administration said Thursday it will expand the requirement to hospitals and other types of healthcare facilities. The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said providers including hospitals, dialysis facilities, ambulatory surgical centers and home health agencies will have to meet staff vaccination requirements as a condition for participating in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. More from Fox 13 and the Orlando Sentinel.

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