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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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A Comprehensive COVID-19 Vaccine Plan
Report Healthcare workers talk to a patient in the Covid-19 Unit at United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, Texas, July 2, 2020. - Despite its renowned medical center with the largest agglomeration of hospitals and research laboratories in the world, Houston is on the verge of being overwhelmed by cases of coronavirus exploding in Texas. (Photo by Mark Felix / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE
TO GO WITH AFP STORY by Julia Benarrous:

A Comprehensive COVID-19 Vaccine Plan

A successful COVID-19 vaccination program requires an unprecedented government effort, with tens of thousands of lives, millions of livelihoods, and a normal way of life at stake.

Topher Spiro, Zeke Emanuel


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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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