Philadelphia’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate gets results in nursing homes

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All but one of Philadelphia’s 47 nursing homes have met the city’s mandate to vaccinate all staff against COVID-19, unless workers approved exemptions, the Department of Health said on Friday. Philadelphia Public Health.



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Pharmacist Nadine M. Mackey, right, injects COVID-19 vaccine into nursing home resident Lydu Trudeau at Power Back Rehabilitation in Phoenixville, Pa. On Monday, December 28, 2020. Those responsible for the Philadelphia Health declined to extend an Oct. 15. deadline for nursing homes to vaccinate all employees against COVID-19. The city reported high compliance on Friday.

The city did, however, provide leeway. A relatively small number of the city’s 9,300 nursing home workers remain unvaccinated or have an unknown status, officials said. They can still work, but must be masked and tested twice a week, Department of Health spokesman James Garrow said.

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The Delaware Valley Veteran’s Home in northeast Philadelphia, which has 171 beds and is operated by the Pennsylvania Department of Veterans Affairs, is the only facility that failed to fulfill the mandate, Garrow said.

While the facility at 2701 Southampton Rd. Has a high vaccination rate – 94.8% fully vaccinated and 1.3% partially vaccinated as of October 24, according to state data, it is technically non-compliant because it doesn’t have any formal exemptions in place, Garrow said.

“We were told that the on-site management is eager to implement this mandate, but because this is a state VA facility, they are awaiting state approval. They have shown us the demands to implement the mandate and we are confident that they are working on this resolution, ”said Garrow.

Officials from the state’s Department of Veterans Affairs did not immediately comment.

The information released Friday came from a survey sent to 47 nursing homes on October 15. The report shows that 8,460 of 9,313 nursing home workers, or 90.8%, were fully immunized. An additional 4.8% received at least one dose.

When Philadelphia announced its mandate to vaccinate healthcare workers in nursing homes on August 15, 60.5% of them were fully immunized.

The city has threatened with closure and fines of up to $ 2,000 per incident. No fines were imposed, the city said on Friday.

Fewer than 200 workers are listed in the report as “most employed”. It does not say whether these workers quit rather than get vaccinated or have been made redundant.

The report shows that 230 workers were granted religious exemptions and 56 medical exemptions. The city requires workers with waivers to wear two masks and be tested twice a week.

The status of 66 workers was listed as unknown, while 75 were unvaccinated. Employees in these two categories are not allowed to work in their nursing homes until they show proof of vaccination, the city said.

The city’s nursing homes have a head start over suburban competitors facing a Jan. 4 federal deadline for staff immunizations at virtually every facility that charges Medicare and Medicaid. Religious and medical exemptions are allowed.

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