NYC requires metropolis well being staff to be vaccinated or examined weekly

The new policy is due to be announced by the mayor today and will come into force in August. Meanwhile, in other states, concerns are growing about workers who have not been given the chance, especially those who work with frail seniors.

The New York Times: New York requires vaccinations or weekly tests for city health workers

For months, Mayor Bill de Blasio has hesitated to make coronavirus vaccinations mandatory for everyone in the hopes that encouragement, convenience and conviction would be enough. But with two million adult New Yorkers still unvaccinated – including a high percentage of employees in the public hospital system – and the Delta variant threatening the city with a third wave of cases, City Hall is trying a new tactic: Run hospitals and health clinics to get vaccinated or get tested weekly, the mayor’s spokesman said Tuesday. (Goldstein, July 20th)

ABC News: New Jersey Hospital Network Fires 6 Supervisors For Failing To Get Vaccinated For COVID-19

A New Jersey hospital network has laid off half a dozen senior workers who refused to adhere to a new policy requiring vaccination against COVID-19. RWJBarnabas Health, one of the largest healthcare systems in the Garden State and nationwide, announced in May that it will require COVID-19 vaccination for all supervisory and above employees with immediate effect. These employees had to have their vaccinations completed by June 30th at the latest. (Winsor, July 20th)

Georgia Health News: Another COVID Risk: Unvaccinated Home Care Workers

“It’s not just hospital workers,” the email read. A GHN reader responded to stories about unvaccinated hospital workers that we shared with WebMD and Medscape. The emailer informed me that it was having trouble finding a home care company with employees vaccinated against COVID-19. (Müller, July 20th)

The Boston Globe: 33 people at West Yarmouth nursing home tested positive for COVID-19, health officials confirm

The spread of COVID-19 in Cape Cod became more alarming on Tuesday when it was revealed that 33 cases of the virus had been reported in a West Yarmouth nursing home, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health confirmed. 24 residents and 9 employees of Maplewood at Mayflower Place in West Yarmouth have tested positive for the virus since July 10, a DPH spokesman confirmed in an email to the Globe on Tuesday. (Chaidez, July 20th)

In other vaccine launch news –

Las Vegas Review-Journal: Nevada ranks last in vaccination for nursing home residents

Nevada has fallen on the bottom end of a federal list for the percentage of vaccinations for the most vulnerable population – residents of nursing homes. New data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services shows Nevada is the worst state in the United States for protecting seniors living in care facilities. The shocking vaccination rate of 61 percent among seniors in nursing homes in Nevada, compared to 95 percent in Vermont, led U.S. Senators to urge Health Secretary Xavier Becerra to reach out to elderly people in the state for federal funding and efforts. Another analysis by AARP earlier this week found similar results and prompted this senior nonprofit advocacy group to raise the alarm in Nevada. (Martin, July 20th)

Newsweek: Florida, a retiree haven, has the second lowest US vaccination rate for nursing home workers

Florida nursing home workers are second least vaccinated against COVID-19 as the state faces a surge in new infections caused by the virulent Delta variant. Only 41.8 percent of Florida nursing home workers were fully vaccinated against the virus, not far from Louisiana’s national low of 41.1 percent, according to data released Tuesday by AARP. Almost 84 percent of the staff in top Hawaii have been vaccinated, while the national average vaccination rate for nursing home workers is 56 percent. (Castle, July 21st)

San Francisco Chronicle: SF Group, Representing 500 Bars, Considering New Initiative Requiring Proof of Vaccine Entry

Bargoers in San Francisco may need to show up at additional bars with vaccination cards soon. The San Francisco Bar Owner Alliance, which represents 500 bars, announced Tuesday that it is considering a new program that will require guests to provide proof of vaccination prior to entry. With COVID-19 cases on the rise again in the Bay Area and beyond due to the Delta variant, the group’s founder and chairman Ben Bleiman said the issue is being discussed with its members. SF Gate first reported on the development; Bleiman confirmed the news to The Chronicle. (Warerkar, July 20th)

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