Covid-19 vaccination mandates on the rise for nursing home workers


More states and employers are requiring nursing home staff to be vaccinated as the latest wave of Covid-19 caused by Delta results in more cases in some facilities.

California said Thursday evening that all health workers, including in nursing homes, must complete their vaccines by September 30. Massachusetts said a day earlier it would make vaccines mandatory for long-term care workers, requiring a full vaccination by October 10.

Illinois and Maryland this week announced terms that cover state workers only in groups. The governor of New Jersey on Monday announced a vaccine requirement for healthcare facilities, including nursing homes, and said workers who fail to comply early next month will need to undergo frequent testing. Connecticut is also considering a mandate for nursing homes, a spokesperson for Gov. Ned Lamont said.

Cities and businesses are also taking action. Denver on Monday announced a vaccination mandate covering private sector workers in high-risk locations like nursing homes. Genesis Healthcare Inc., the largest nursing home company, said this week it is adopting a universal vaccine requirement for workers.

“Despite vaccination rates above the national average, the increasing spread of the Delta variant clearly shows that we need to dramatically increase our vaccination rates to better protect our patients, residents and employees,” said Chief Executive Officer Harry Wilson in a communicated.

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