The U.S government has been working hard to vaccinate frontline health care workers against the COVID-19 virus and its variants, so on Thursday President Joe Biden expanded staff vaccination requirements to now include any medical facility that receives Medicare or Medicaid funding including hospitals, home-health agencies, ambulatory surgical settings and dialysis centers, among others.
Data show that the higher the level of vaccination rates among providers and staff, the lower the infection rate is among patients who are dependent upon them for care
The move follows up on his administration’s six-step plan for combating pandemic flu via vaccine requirements and federal funding incentives.
There is no question that staff, across any health care setting, who remain unvaccinated pose both direct and indirect threats to patient safety and population health. Ensuring safety and access to all patients, regardless of their entry point into the health care system, is essential