Gov. Ricketts criticizes Biden administration for nursing home staff vaccine mandate

“Nursing homes have already had numerous opportunities to offer the vaccine to residents and staff.  We encourage everyone to get the vaccine, and if you have concerns talk to you doctor."
Ap Ricketts

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Gov. Pete Ricketts disagreeing with President Joe Biden yet again on Thursday.

Earlier this week, the Biden administration announced it will require nursing home staff to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition for those facilities to continue receiving federal Medicare and Medicaid funding.

The new mandate, in the form of a regulation to be issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, could take effect as soon as next month. Hundreds of thousands of nursing home workers are not vaccinated, according to federal data.

Gov. Ricketts issued a statement on the decision:  “Nursing homes have already had numerous opportunities to offer the vaccine to residents and staff.  We encourage everyone to get the vaccine, and if you have concerns talk to you doctor.

“The heavy hand of government should not force vaccinations.  Nebraska already has a shortage of healthcare workers, and the President’s mandate will push people out of the industry and only make it more difficult to take care of our elderly and most vulnerable.”

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