AHCA/NCAL Reacts to Administration’s COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement for NH Staff

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP
Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare

This AHCA/NCAL Press Release was posted late the afternoon of August 18, 2021 following President Biden’s announcement

Mark Parkinson, president and CEO of the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) made the following statement today regarding the Biden Administration’s announcement on requiring nursing home staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in a forthcoming regulation:

“We appreciate the Administration’s efforts to increase COVID-19 vaccinations in long term care. Unfortunately, this action does not go far enough. The government should not single out one provider group for mandatory vaccinations. Vaccination mandates for health care personnel should be applied to all health care settings. Without this, nursing homes face a disastrous workforce challenge. 

“Focusing only on nursing homes will cause vaccine hesitant workers to flee to other health care providers and leave many centers without adequate staff to care for residents. It will make an already difficult workforce shortage even worse. The net effect of this action will be the opposite of its intent and will affect the ability to provide quality care to our residents. We look forward to working with the Administration in the coming days to develop solutions to overcome this challenge.”

Personal comment from me: I totally agree that there should be a mandate for all healthcare workers in all healthcare settings.  Patient/resident/client lives depend on all healthcare workers to provide the best of care in every setting – acute, post-acute, home health, clinics and physician offices.  We encourage those we care for to vaccinate for all kinds of preventable diseases – we should do the same.