(WASHINGTON) On Wednesday,announced that his administration would require that nursing home staff be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition for those facilities to continue receiving federal Medicare and Medicaid funding. Biden unveiled the new policy Wednesday afternoon in a White House address as the administration continues to look for ways to use holdouts to get shots. “If you visit, live, or work in a , you should not be at a high risk for contracting COVID from unvaccinated employees,” Biden said.
In the form of a forthcoming regulation issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the newmonth. Hundreds of thousands of nursing home workers are not vaccinated, according to federal data, despite those facilities bearing the brunt of the early and their workers being among the first in the country to be eligible for shots. It comes as the seeks to raise the costs for those who have yet to get vaccinated after months of incentives and giveaways proved insufficient to drive tens of millions of Americans to roll up their sleeves. In just the past three weeks,
Biden has forcedstatus or face onerous new requirements, with even stricter standards for federal workers in frontline health roles. His administration has moved toward mandating vaccines for the military as soon as possible as next month. for their workforces and encouraged others to follow, highlighting local vaccine mandates as a condition for daily activities, like indoor dining.
The new effort seems to be paying off, as the nation’s rate of recent vaccinations has nearly doubled over the. According to the White House, more than 200 million . Mark Parkinson, the president, and CEO of the American for Assisted Living praised the Biden decision but called on him to go further.
“Vaccination mandates forpersonnel should be applied to all health care settings,” he said. “Without this, nursing homes face a disastrous workforce challenge.” CMS used similar regulatory authority to prohibit most visitors from nursing homes to protect residents. For your security, we’ve sent a confirmation you entered. Please check your spam folder if you don’t get the confirmation within 10 minutes. Click the link to confirm your subscription and begin receiving our newsletters.