Some Hospitals Prepare To Lose Staff Over Covid 19 Vaccination Mandate

Exactly how many hospital workers are unvaccinated is unclear, and even under the new rules, health care workers are often able to get medical or religious exemptions.

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But the concern remains, particularly among nursing homes and smaller rural hospitals, that the mandate will exacerbate the existing staffing shortages that have crippled much of the country during this latest surge. And many health care executives fear being caught in the cross hairs between states like Florida or Arkansas, which are adamantly opposed to the requirement, and federal officials who say “all states are expected to comply.”

“Hospitals don’t want to be caught between the federal government and the state government,” said Mary Mayhew, president and chief executive of the Florida Hospital Association. “The Supreme Court ruling makes clear the authority that CMS has to implement and enforce its vaccine mandate.”

Dr. Calvin Blount, who has practiced family medicine for more than 20 years in Destin, Fla., said there are still too many unanswered questions about the long-term impact of the vaccine. Now, he is facing a new federal policy that could undermine his practice. More than half of his approximate 420 patients use Medicare.

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“For myself and the majority of my patients, the vaccine is a hell no,” said Dr. Blount, 53. “Quite honestly, I don’t know what is going to happen. We have a federal law that contradicts the state law, and we don’t know which side will prevail. If the federal ruling prevails, my options are to get the vaccination, which I am not going to do, or I will be forced to give up my patients who are on Medicare.”

Despite the court ruling, many nursing homes urged the administration to rethink the requirement and instead allow them the option of testing workers. “When we are in the midst of another Covid surge, caregivers in vaccine hesitant communities may walk off the job because of this policy, further threatening access to care for thousands of our nation’s seniors,” said Mark Parkinson, the chief executive of the American Health Care Association, which represents nursing homes, in a statement.

Source : https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/15/us/healthcare-workers-vaccine-mandate.html

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