The Biden administration has announced that all nursing home and long-term care facility staff members will be required to be fully vaccinated in order to keep federal funding. This announcement comes as part of the administration’s plan to increase vaccination rates. Source.
According to the Associated Press, this regulation will take effect as early as September, with the number one goal of the regulation being to keep nursing home residents and staff safe. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Administrator, Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, has made the statement that “The data are clear that higher levels of staff vaccination are linked to fewer outbreaks among residents, many of whom are at an increased risk of infection, hospitalization or death.”
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services are continuing to work closely with the CDC, long-term care facilities, and other groups to keep nursing home residents safe. With low vaccination rates among nursing home staff members, it comes as no surprise that the Biden administration is pushing for mandatory vaccines in this industry, especially since they work with the most vulnerable population.
Additionally, the administration is now recommending a booster shot for all vaccinated Americans eight months after their second dose of the vaccine. Healthcare employees, nursing home residents, and emergency workers will be the first to be offered this booster shot.
The job of nursing home staff members is to keep your loved ones safe and cared for, especially during these challenging times. At Beltz & Beltz, our personal injury attorneys have years of experience representing those who suffer from nursing home abuse in the state of Florida. If you believe your loved ones have suffered, contact our office today.
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