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NMHS tells employees they must be fully vaccinated by January 4

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NMHS tells employees they must be fully vaccinated by January 4

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) — Employees at North Mississippi Health Services found out this week they must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 after next month.

"North Mississippi Health Services must follow the federally mandated regulations in order to continue to provide health care services to the community," the hospital system said in a statement to WTVA 9 News.

President Biden announced in September a vaccination mandate was on the way for health care workers.

Then the federal government issued an emergency regulation late last week that eligible workers at health care facilities in the Medicare and Medicaid programs had to get the shot.

There are actually two deadlines under the regulation.

"Facilities covered by this regulation must establish a policy ensuring all eligible staff have received the first dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine or a one-dose COVID-19 vaccine prior to providing any care, treatment, or other services by December 6, 2021," according to a news release by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Then by January 4, those employees must be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, either with the two-shot Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or the single shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

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