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STATEMENT: Biden Administration Adopts CAP Recommendation To Require Nursing Home Staff To Be Vaccinated Against COVID-19

Washington, D.C. — News reports indicate that the Biden administration will require staff at nursing homes participating in the Medicare or Medicaid programs to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Maura Calsyn, vice president and coordinator for Health Policy at the Center for American Progress, released the following statement:

America’s nursing home residents have borne the brunt of this pandemic and deserve access to long-term care that is safe and high-quality. Given the rise of the delta variant, that requires using every policy lever at the government’s disposal to slow community spread—including leveraging U.S. public insurance programs. We are thrilled the Biden administration appears to be adopting our recommendation that nursing homes participating in the Medicare or Medicaid programs must require their staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of participation.

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