LA AARP director asks nursing homes to require vaccinations

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BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) The American Association of Retired Persons announced Thursday, Aug 12. that COVID-19 cases are rising among nursing home residents and staff since July 18 in La, according to AARP Nursing Home COVID-19 Dashboard.

The AARP Nursing Home COVID-19 Dashboard analyzes federally reported data every four weeks that started on June 1, 2020. The dashboard provides information of the virus’ infiltration into nursing homes and impact on nursing home residents and staff.

AARP’s benchmark goal is to get 75% of staff at their facilities vaccinated. Although the rate of vaccinations is 80.9% among residents, staff vaccinations are at 44%.

“AARP is calling on nursing homes to require vaccinations for both staff and residents,” said Louisiana State Director Denise Bottcher. “The low levels of staff vaccinations in particular creates an unacceptable level of risk, since the disease spreads so easily in these environments.”

AARP is concerned over the rising new variants and the gaps in vaccinations for those in nursing homes.

“The high COVID death rates of residents and staff in nursing homes has been a national disgrace. As the new variants are emerging, facilities cannot let preventable problems be repeated,” Bottcher said. “The key is to increase vaccinations, and do it now.”

There have been around 3,000 COVID-19 deaths among residents and staff in La. Bottcher says that facilities need to insure that their residents are vaccinated, this includes providing vaccines to new residents.

“Facilities must be open and transparent with how they are progressing toward the vital goal of vaccination for all staff and residents,” Bottcher says.

The entire Nursing Home COVID-19 Dashboard is provided here.

AARP has listed eight questions to ask if someone you know is in a nursing home, click here to view them. For more information on how the virus is impacting nursing homes and what AARP’s is doing on on this issue, visit their website here.

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