In-Home Care Providers Concerned About Client Turning Away Unvaccinated Caregivers

Posted on Monday, February 1, 2021

As the COVID-19 vaccine is being rolled out, home health care workers are concerned that they will not have access to it.  In addition to those worries, home care providers are worried that they will be denied work if they are unvaccinated.

“As the U.S. neared a large-scale vaccine rollout, some in-home care operators feared their clinicians and caregivers would be overlooked, especially with government officials often focused more so on hospital and nursing home staff. The fact that several states have explicitly recognized home care professionals as eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine is particularly encouraging, Darby Anderson, vice chairman of the Partnership for Medicaid Home-Based Care (PMHC), told Home Health Care News.  It’s maybe a little easier on the nursing, therapy and more clinical [roles], to have them acknowledged as health care workers needing the vaccine,” he said. “We had concerns initially that it would be harder for the home care aides and more paraprofessional staff to be considered in that health care group, but that honestly met very little resistance.”

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