Vaccine mandates are legal, but not without their own risks

04.20.2021 Written by Norris Cunningham, Angela Rinehart

McKnight's Long-Term Care News

April 19, 2021

With the federal Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program now complete, responsibility for COVID-19 vaccinations of new residents and staff has shifted to the long-term care facilities themselves. This leaves operators with the dilemma of whether to mandate employee vaccinations.

First, all long-term care providers are presented with the question of whether to mandate covid-19 vaccines for their employees. While grappling with this decision, facilities can rest assured that this decision is legal.

Certainly, social distancing between direct care staff and residents is simply not possible as staff assist residents with transfers, bathing, and toileting, among many other needs. Moreover, even with many residents opting to become vaccinated, they are still at risk of complications if they become infected. ...

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