Wednesday, August 18, 2021
Biden Administration to Mandate COVID Vaccinations for Nursing Home Employees
The Biden Administration announced today that it will push for federal regulations to mandate employee vaccinations for COVID-19 for employees of "nursing homes," making the vaccinations a condition for nursing homes to continue receiving Medicare and Medicaid funding. It will be interesting -- or perhaps frustrating -- to see how long that rulemaking process will take! The new regulations "would apply to over 15,000 nursing home facilities, which employ approximately 1.3 million workers and serve approximately 16 million nursing home residents."
Some sources suggest to date that "only about one-quarter of nursing homes had at least 75 percent of staff vaccinated."
The announcement about nursing homes was combined with other announcements related to COVID-17 protections.
My motto for the last 18 months has been "nothing is simple."