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One nursing home sees the positives for residents thanks to the vaccine mandate

A nursing home in Rochester sees the positive side to the vaccine mandate now that any unvaccinated staff are out of the building.

For a long time family members could only visit with their loved ones through windows, but the vaccine has changed that.

Friendly Home administrator and Vice President Michael Perotta said with less frequent positive cases the resident’s quality of life is improved.


The nursing home created their own vaccine mandate in July and required all staff to have the vaccine by Sept. 6.

There are around 300 staff members and only 9 opted to not get the vaccine and quit.

Perotta said there have been 81 cases of COVID among the staff since the start of the pandemic, most happening before the vaccine became available.

The Friendly Home is still accepting new admissions while many other nursing homes have stopped.

While they are still taking new patients, they are still facing staff shortages like the rest of the industry and are not using one section of rooms.

99% of the staff at the Friendly Home have had at least one dose of the vaccine.



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