Work Restrictions Relaxed for Boosted Nursing Home Staff
New federal health guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is relaxing work restrictions for some skilled nursing staff. McKnight’s reports, staff who have received the COVID-19 booster shot will have less restrictions when returning to work compared to those who are unvaccinated or vaccinated but have not received the booster.
Arjun Srinivasan, M.D., association director for healthcare associated infections at CDC, said, “we know how challenging nursing homes and all long-term care facilities have been in keeping their staff healthy and working. If you’re boosted, you can keep working. You can not only serve your patients but you can also help your fellow staff members.”
The most recent guidance was released in the last week of December taking into account ongoing staffing challenges and the rise of the omicron variant. New guidance on quarantine and isolation regulations are based on the employee’s vaccination status and if they are exposed or infected with the virus.