She reimburses staff members for time and expenses. But, he said: “There is good evidence from behavioral economics that offers risk-taking money signals. These vaccines are really safe and effective, so we do not want to reduce the fear of people. “
However Kovid-19 Cases and deaths are decreasing in long-term facilities, Even those with high vaccination rates will need to be on guard. New residents constantly arrive, and employees leave; The turnover among nursing staff is exceptionally high in nursing homes, 128 percent annual average, A new study has found. This means that after one year, all original nursing staff members will be left, and therefore will have 28 percent of their replacement.
Perhaps the thorny problem is vaccinating the nation’s largest segment of direct care workers, with around 2.3 million people working in private homes.
“It is going very badly,” said Vicky Hoke, executive director of the Home Care Association of America, which represents 3,200 home care agencies. Although home care workers are given priority for vaccination in every state, they are struggling to get them, she said.
Like the rest of the direct care work force, home care workers are predominantly women of color, many of them immigrants. On An average $ 12.12 per hour in 2019, They are the lowest paid group according to research and advocacy group PHI. About half depends on some form of public assistance, such as Medicaid or meal programs.
Without a central workplace, they would be difficult to access, educate, and vaccinate with the help of nursing homes and assisted living centers. (Some, hired privately by individuals and families through the so-called gray market, do not work for agencies at all.)
“Vaccine hesitancy is absolutely a factor, but there is a lack of easily accessible opportunities for vaccination,” said April Verrett, president of SEIU Local 2015.