Vaccination Requirements for Skilled Nursing Facilities
In August, the White House announced that all employees working in nursing homes/skilled nursing facilities will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. NHC is still waiting for Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) guidance and specifics on this announcement. As we learn more, we will continue to provide updates.
FDA Approves First COVID-19 Vaccine
On August 23, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, the first of the vaccines to gain full approval for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in individuals 16 years of age and older. For the full press release and more information, please visit the FDA website announcing the approval.
August 2, 2021
Please take a moment to watch this video message from our Medical Director, Dr. Bert (B.J.) Smith regarding the vaccine and the Delta variant of COVID-19.
CDC and CMS Guidance
All NHC centers follow CDC and CMS guidelines for precautions, testing, and reporting for COVID-19.
For more COVID-19 reported data, please visit this link to CMS COVID-19 Nursing Home Data.
Our skilled nursing centers and assisted living communities look forward to seeing you back on campus. Please visit each center’s page to view the most up-to date visitation offerings and plan a visit when available.
County-Level Positivity Rates
To find out the county-level positivity for any facility, please visit https://data.cms.gov/stories/s/COVID-19-Nursing-Home-Data/bkwz-xpvg/ and scroll to the “COVID-19 Testing” paragraph and click the link to view “rates of county positivity.”
For more information about the COVID-19 vaccine, please click here.
Day By Day Podcast with Dr. Bert Smith Discussing the COVID-19 Vaccine
Listen to Dr. Bert Smith on the Day by Day Podcast as he answers important questions about the vaccine, describes how it works and
tells why it is so important for adults to get the vaccine.