CMS chief defends vaccine mandate amid staffing fears

2021-09-28

Some US hospitals and nursing homes are worried that the federal vaccine mandate for health care workers could cause staffing shortages, but CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure said unvaccinated workers who have to quarantine or take time off while sick also cause staffing issues in addition to posing health risks to patients and colleagues. Brooks-LaSure said the staff shortages may not be as severe as feared by some, citing a scenario in Maine where a limited number of people quit after the implementation of a vaccine mandate for health care workers.

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