Home Health Providers Grapple with COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates

Posted Monday, December 14, 2020

The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted and recommended that health care workers, get priority on the COVID-19 vaccine when available.

“Vaccinating health care personnel — which the CDC defines as those working in home health, hospitals, long-term care facilities, outpatient clinics, pharmacies, emergency medical services and other settings — supports the principle of maximizing benefits and minimizing harms, Dr. Kathleen Dooling, a medical officer at the CDC, said during a recent ACIP meeting.”

The struggle for home care companies is whether to require their employees to get the vaccine or not.  “There are a number of home care companies that have mandated flu vaccines, but in talking to some of those companies, they’re hesitant to mandate this vaccine,” National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) President William A. Dombi told Home Health Care News. “And lawyers could come up with a whole series of reasons to go after a health care provider that mandates a vaccine. I’ve even heard some lawyers talking about various Constitutional rights under the First Amendment.”

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