The nursing home staff in New York must sign a contract stating that they have declined the COVID vaccine
Nursing home staff in New York now have to sign a waiver if they REFUSE the vaccine as only half have been found to have received an injection
- Those who live and work in New York State nursing homes are offered the COVID vaccine after it was revealed that only 56 percent of NYC staff have had it
- It is not clear why only half of the workers in the city were given the vaccine, given the dire consequences of nursing homes during the early stages of the pandemic.
- Some health workers refuse because they are ‘afraid to take it’
- Anyone who refuses from now on must sign papers acknowledging their opt-out
- Across the state, 80 percent of nursing home residents have been vaccinated, while 73 percent in the city have received the injection
- At least 12,000 nursing home residents died in 2020 as a result of the virus in the state’s 600 nursing homes
Nursing home staff in New York will have to sign a contract stating they will refuse the coronavirus vaccine if they want to continue working under new rules, as it has been revealed that only half of workers have been vaccinated.
The New York Department of Health is urging all homes to “ provide an opportunity to receive the shot to all consenting residents and staff ” by the end of April.
“ They are trying to get people vaccinated and they are trying to encourage it, ” Michael Balboni, the executive director of the Greater New York Health Care Facilities Association told the New York Post.
In New York State, less than two-thirds of nursing home workers have been injected since December. In New York City’s five boroughs, only 56 percent of the workforce has had the shot.
It is not clear why so few health workers in the city were given the vaccine, given the hard-hit nursing homes during the early stages of the pandemic. Some health professionals would refuse because they are ‘afraid’ to take it.
The workers and residents who decide not to get the injection will have to sign the paperwork stating they refuse to receive the vaccine. Failure to comply can be subject to a fine of $ 2,000 per violation.
Those who live and work in New York State nursing homes are offered the COVID vaccine after it was revealed that only 56 percent of NYC staff have had it
Some health professionals refuse to take the vaccine because they are “afraid to take it.” Anyone who refuses from now on must sign papers acknowledging that they have unsubscribed. In the photo, Gerard Diebner is administering the COVID-19 vaccine to a nursing home resident at Harlem Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, a nursing home facility, in Harlem
Meanwhile, 80 percent of nursing home residents in the state have been vaccinated, while 73 percent in the city have received the injection.
“The residents are not the problem, it’s really the low vaccination rates among the staff,” Balboni said.
‘There are health workers who are afraid to take the vaccine, period. How do you convince them that this is in the best interest of themselves and their families? It’s something everyone is still trying to figure out. ‘
A health ministry spokesman has said that “emergency measures” are now needed to ensure vaccines are not wasted.
Nursing home operators have known all along that a COVID vaccine is one of the best ways to protect residents and staff from this dangerous virus.
Thelma Manner, left, and her table mate Marilyn Schoenberger, right, talk over dinner at RiverWalk, an independent senior housing facility, in New York, Thursday, April 1, 2021. Since the start of the pandemic, residents had been dining in their Rooms. Only recently have they started using the dining room again, although they still maintain a social distance
“It is inexplicable that many nursing homes leave vaccine doses on the shelves, which is why DOH recently issued emergency regulations requiring nursing homes to allow all consenting, unvaccinated, existing and new staff and residents to get vaccinated.”
A 14-day rule should be introduced for those starting to work in a new job in nursing homes, which should provide them with the opportunity to be vaccinated.
A source told the Post that part of the problem is that many of the nursing facilities are struggling to get their hands on the vaccine, making it difficult to adhere to a two-week enforcement rule.
“It’s just another example of the state leaving on its own without talking to someone running a nursing home,” the source said.
“There is just a very lack of communication, this whole thing, why would you roll this out and never talk to the nursing homes?” they said.
More than half of the US population has now received one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine