CHICAGO – AARP Illinois is applauding news that President Joe Biden will require nursing home staff to get a COVID-19 vaccination.
The White House plans to issue new regulations through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and would restrict Medicaid and Medicare funding for those who don’t comply. Lori Hendren with AARP Illinois said vaccination rates among nursing home staff need to improve.
Hendren said she hopes the Biden mandate will raise vaccination rates.
Governor J.B. Pritzker announced earlier this month that his administration would require all employees of state-operated nursing homes to be vaccinated by October 4.