Nursing home workers will be required to receive COVID-19 vaccine

A federal mandate will require nursing home staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition for those facilities to continue receiving federal Medicare and Medicaid funding.

The new mandate, in the form of a forthcoming regulation to be issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, could take effect as soon as next month.

Last year CMS used similar regulatory authority to prohibit most visitors from nursing homes in an effort to protect residents.

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