July 26, 2022 Updated 10:23 A.M. ET
TALLAHASSEE (FLV) – The state of Florida urged the Biden Administration to drop its “arbitrary” emergency rule mandating that health care workers be vaccinated for COVID-19 or lose their jobs.
Simone Marstiller, Florida Agency for Health Care Administration Secretary, wrote a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services after President Joe Biden contracted COVID-19 despite being double vaccinated and double boosted.
“The President’s diagnosis confirms the science: although the COVID-19 vaccine reduces the risk of hospitalization, it does not prevent transmission or symptomatic disease,” Marstiller wrote.
The letter noted published reports by the U.K. Government which said the risk reduction attributed to the vaccine “significantly” decreases within two months of receiving a booster.
“Despite these incontrovertible facts, your agency continues to enforce its arbitrary ’emergency’ rule mandating that health care workers be vaccinated for COVID-19 or lose their jobs.”
The letter said the mandate affects the ability of health care providers to find workers and puts the health care system “at risk of collapse.”
“With inflation at an all-time high, your continued enforcement of this mandate is impacting the ability of health care providers to recruit and retain workers, keep health costs low, and maintain sufficient resources to serve individuals in their care,” Marstiller said.
In January, Florida dropped a lawsuit against federal COVID-19 vaccination requirements for health care workers after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the vaccination requirements in other parts of the country. The CMS mandate requires healthcare workers at facilities participating in Medicare and Medicaid to be fully vaccinated.
“Given these facts, I write to you today on behalf of our hardworking men and women in health care to request that you formally withdraw this ’emergency’ rule and get our health care system focused on the whole person health like combatting the opioid epidemic, reducing the number of Americans struggling with obesity, and finding a cure for cancer,” Marstiller said.
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