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Vials of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine sit on a table at the Kaiser Permanente Capitol Hill Medical Center in Washington, January 2021. (Getty/Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call, Inc)

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Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination for Health Care Workers as a Condition for Medicare and Medicaid Participation Article
A nurse manager in Washington, D.C., fills a syringe with a dose of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine during a walk-up clinic at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on May 6, 2021. (Getty/Chip Somodevilla)

Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination for Health Care Workers as a Condition for Medicare and Medicaid Participation

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services should make COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for providers participating in Medicare and Medicaid, as this action would protect vulnerable patients, set a positive example for other employers, and contribute to the national effort to contain the virus.

Jill Rosenthal, Emily Gee, Maura Calsyn

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