Thousands of nursing home workers have found a way to avoid getting vaccinated, claiming what experts say are questionable medical exemptions from a federal mandate for health care employees, which went into effect this year.
Dozens of nursing homes and hospitals ignored official guidelines to separate COVID patients, as a result staff became infected and some died.
Nursing homes were short-staffed before the coronavirus pandemic hit. Now it’s even harder to recruit and retain nurses and aides needed to care for residents.
Citing privacy, facilities often won’t disclose how many residents are infected. Unable to visit, families can’t see for themselves how loved ones are doing.
Health inspections regularly turn up lapses in infection control at nursing homes, which are cited more than any other type of deficiency.