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Hospitals grapple with Omicron — and legal brawl over vaccinating staff

December 22, 2021


With Omicron cases surging and health care workers in short supply, hospitals and nursing homes are grappling with a patchwork of rules for vaccinating their staff against Covid-19 and in some cases begging off immunization requirements the Biden administration expected to start enforcing on Jan. 4.

Court challenges brought by mostly Republican states have frozen the administration’s vaccine mandates for health workers in 25 states, upsetting an already delicate balance between patient safety and pandemic readiness as health facilities brace for a wintertime surge of cases.

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