Health care providers in Florida are caught in the middle of a fight between their state and the federal government. On the one hand, the Biden administration requires healthcare workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 if they work in a center that receives federal money. The Supreme Court upheld that requirement last week. On the other hand, the Republican governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, who called the policy of the Biden administration, I quote, madness.
In November, it signed a state law prohibiting employers from requiring COVID vaccines unless they offer extensive exemptions. So what are Florida hospitals supposed to do? Amid a COVID-19 surge driven by the omicron variant, Florida hospitals and health systems must navigate conflicting positions at the federal and state levels regarding vaccination mandates. The hospital chain Ascension announced a mandate over the summer, only to reverse policy in Florida following the November change in state law.