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GCC POSITION ON HEALTH FREEDOM AND MANDATORY VACCINATION
Marietta, Georgia, August 26, 2021. The Georgia Council of Chiropractic (GCC) embraces the ethical principles of informed consent and personal autonomy in making healthcare decisions. Individuals have the right to make informed decisions concerning whether to accept or reject medical and other healthcare interventions.
The GCC recognizes that the use of vaccines, as well as all medical procedures, is not without risk. The GCC supports the rights of every individual to select their own form of healthcare, and to make their own decisions whether to accept or reject any intervention or procedure. The GCC also respects one’s ability and right to make healthcare decisions for themselves and their own children.
In accordance with such principles, and based upon the individual’s right to freedom of choice in healthcare, the GCC is opposed to mandatory programs which infringe and encroach upon such rights. The GCC supports vaccine laws which provide an elective course of action regarding immunization, thereby allowing each individual freedom of choice in matters affecting their bodies and their health. The Georgia Council of Chiropractic position on this issue is a stance for right to privacy, right to freedom of choice in healthcare, and for basic human rights.
The Georgia Council of Chiropractic, founded in 1982, serves the Chiropractic profession in Georgia and is comprised of chiropractors, chiropractic students, and chiropractic assistants from all over the state of Georgia and several other states.
The Georgia Council of Chiropractic is 100% committed to protecting, promoting and perpetuating Chiropractic to benefit Georgia's citizens and the Chiropractors serving in Georgia. It is our mission to profess and promote the ideals and principles upon which our profession and our organization were founded. Therefore, the GCC proclaims that detecting and correcting Vertebral Subluxations is a just and noble cause, which allows people to express 100% of their innate potential for health, happiness and overall well-being.
For more information on this topic, please contact our Executive Director, Katrine Frazier, at exec@GeorgiaChiropractic.org.
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ICA Press Release on CMS Statement on Vaccine Mandate
September 9, 2021 (Falls Church, VA) Today US President Biden, issued a series of Executive Orders related to mandating federal employees and federal contractors to receive the COVID-19 vaccine without a testing opt out. This includes some Medicare and Medicare providers but not all. Please read the below Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) press release and the list of covered facilities.
Biden-Harris Administration to Expand Vaccination Requirements for Health Care Settings
The Biden-Harris Administration will require COVID-19 vaccination of staff within all Medicare and Medicaid-certified facilities to protect both them and patients from the virus and its more contagious Delta variant. Facilities across the country should make efforts now to get health care staff vaccinated to make sure they are in compliance when the rule takes effect.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), announced today that emergency regulations requiring vaccinations for nursing homeworkers will be expanded to include hospitals, dialysis facilities, ambulatory surgical settings, and home health agencies, among others, as a condition for participating in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. The decision was based on the continued and growing spread of the virus in health care settings, especially in parts of the U.S. with higher incidence of COVID-19.
“There is no higher priority for us than patient health and safety. As the Delta variant strengthens, the Biden-Harris Administration is committed to doing everything we can to keep patients, and those who care for them, safe,” said U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra. “There is no question that staff, across any health care setting, who remain unvaccinated pose both direct and indirect threats to patient safety and population health. Ensuring safety and access to all patients, regardless of their entry point into the health care system, is essential.”
Nursing homes with an overall staff vaccination rate of 75% or lower experience higher rates of preventable COVID infection. In CMS’s review of available data, the agency is seeing lower staff vaccination rates among hospital and End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) facilities. To combat this issue, CMS is using its authority to establish vaccine requirements for all providers and suppliers that participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Vaccinations have proven to reduce the risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19 and are effective against the Delta variant. CMS will continue to work closely with all Medicare and Medicaid certified facilities to ensure these new requirements are met.
“We know that those working in health care want to do what is best for their patients in order to keep them safe,” said CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure. “As the Delta variant continues to spread, we know the best defense against it lies with the COVID-19 vaccine. Data show that the higher the level of vaccination rates among providers and staff, the lower the infection rate is among patients who are dependent upon them for care. Now is the time to act. I’m urging everyone, but especially those fighting this virus on the front lines, to get vaccinated and protect themselves, their families, and their patients from COVID-19.”
CMS is developing an Interim Final Rule with Comment Period that will be issued in October. CMS expects certified Medicare and Medicaid facilities to act in the best interest of patients and staff by complying with new COVID-19 vaccination requirements. Health care workers employed in these facilities who are not currently vaccinated are urged to begin the process immediately. Facilities are urged to use all available resources to support employee vaccinations, including employee education and clinics, as they work to meet new federal requirements.
The GCC continues to fight daily for the rights of Georgia Chiropractors to deliver chiropractic care to their patients on every level. We will continue to share updates with our members and the chiropractic community whenever necessary. Chiropractors are encouraged to monitor their email frequently as well as GCC’s website and social media channels. If you are already a member of the GCC, we thank you for your support; if you are not a member, please consider joining us in fighting for your rights and your patients' rights. We also encourage everyone to become more involved by joining our healthcare freedom fight; join us on October 21 as we raise funds for this vital issue at the ChiroCup. Learn more about the ChiroCup and the GCC at ChiroCup.com or GeorgiaChiropractic.org. Let's make a difference together!