CMS vaccine mandate deadlines

A legal challenge to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services vaccine mandate for health care workers resulted in a federal injunction in December.

Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court lifted that injunction, allowing for the vaccination mandate to proceed. New CMS deadlines for the vaccination mandate are as follows:

  • First dose or exemption request by Feb. 12, 2022.
  • Second dose or approved exemption by Mar. 15, 2022.

The following groups are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an approved medical or religious exemption:

  • UK HealthCare employees (including: STEPS and remote employees if ever present in a UK HealthCare facility).
  • All faculty and staff (including graduate medical education) of the colleges of medicine, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy, health sciences and public health who conduct work in a UK HealthCare facility.
  • Kentucky Medical Services Foundation, Eastern State Hospital and Central Kentucky Management Services employees.
  • Campus shared services who work within a UK HealthCare facility, as well as contracted workers.
  • UK students who will be learning in a UK HealthCare facility.
  • Volunteers.

Upload documentation

Faculty and staff who have received COVID vaccination should use the UK Health Corps Self-Report Tool to document their vaccination status. Please provide all COVID vaccinations received, including boosters.

Have your COVID-19 vaccination documentation ready in an image file (jpeg, png, etc.). You will be prompted to upload it once you log in. You can perform this process from your desktop or mobile device.

How the information is used

The information you provide will flow into the UK HealthCare Vaccine Compliance Tracking tool, created for the use of managers, supervisors, Infection Prevention & Control and Employee Health to validate and track compliance with the vaccination mandate and/or testing protocol required of all unvaccinated employees listed in the inclusion groups.

Unvaccinated workers, those with previously issued exemptions that do not meet the more stringent CMS requirements, and those with deferrals will be contacted via email regarding the mandate and their status, including consequences if they fail to comply.

For more information about the COVID vaccination mandate, please refer to our COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate Toolkit.