President Joe Biden announced on Wednesday that the federal government is going to require nursing home staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition for those facilities to keep receiving federal funding.
The funding, which is granted through Medicare and Medicaid will come as a stipulation for those who have staff members that are not vaccinated.
In other words: All employees at facilities across the U.S. will need to be vaccinated. New York recently announced that they would mandate the vaccine among all hospital and long-term care facility workers- but the latest rule is expected to take effect next month.
“If you visit, live or work in a nursing home, you should not be at a high risk for contracting COVID from unvaccinated employees,” Biden said.
Federal data indicates that hundreds of thousands of nursing home workers are not vaccinated at the time. Even though they were eligible for vaccination in the first wave of COVID vaccine rollout over the winter.
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