Atria Senior Living is making the Covid-19 vaccine a requirement for its employees.
By May 1, Atria Senior Living has announced that more than 10,000 employees will need to get two doses of the new Covid-19 vaccine. Among the large senior living service providers in the United States, Atria’s vaccine regulations are unique. The mandatory use of the Covid-19 vaccine has not yet been mandated.
According to Atria CEO John Moore, the move aims to help the provider’s community eliminate the spread of Covid-19 and resume normal operations more quickly.
Moore told Advanced Housing News: “Our decision is not easy.” “But for our business, the best way is to provide a protection that allows us to help residents live the best lives.”
Atria is currently stepping up its vaccination work, which started shortly before Christmas. The company has arranged vaccine clinics in approximately two-thirds of 170 communities in the United States, and providers are increasing every day.
Atria started an internal process last week to communicate the mandate to employees. So far, Moore’s reaction has been positive
Moore added: “Nothing is perfect. We will make thoughtful and appropriate exceptions.” “But our intention is, just like you need a tuberculosis test to work in an Atria high-end residence. You also need to get the Covid-19 vaccine.”
At least during the early launch, a large number of healthcare workers in the United States are reducing the number of injections of Covid-19. Nevertheless, although legal experts believe that vaccine authorization is legally reasonable, there are some exceptions, but so far, many providers have refused to enforce it.
For example, a representative of the company said that Brookdale Advanced Living Services, the country’s largest provider of advanced living services, strongly encourages (but does not require) its associates to purchase vaccines. Another major American medical service provider, Erickson Living in Catonsville, Maryland, did not stop compulsory vaccinations for employees but instead relied on education and encouragement to motivate them.
But Atria is not the only one who compulsory vaccination for employees. The Juniper Networks community in Bloomfield, New Jersey, will also receive the Covid-19 vaccine as a condition of employment. Although CEO Lynne Katzmann believes that a small number of Juniper Networks employees may resign or seek exemptions, she also believes that the benefits of performing tasks far exceed the costs.
Katzmann stated last week: “Despite the difficult decision we made, we believe this is vital to community safety and to find our participation balance’ again.” “We also believe this is What the residents want.”
Others in the senior housing and nursing industries hope that the state and federal governments will play a greater role in allowing these tasks. For example, Rick Matros, CEO of Sabra Healthcare Real Estate Investment Trust, wants to know whether federal or state vaccine authorization will reduce the burden on employers.
Moore said that he and Atria will welcome the government-led Covid-19 vaccine authorization, adding that historical similarities indicate that this move may help increase acceptance. When Massachusetts required long-term care workers to get a flu vaccine, the participation of Atria workers in the state rose sharply.
“After you have to get a flu vaccine, what makes us very interesting is that by the end of this year,…the number of people who have not been vaccinated is the number you can count on,” Moore said.
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