HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – As some New Jersey health networks require their employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19, Foothill Acres Nursing Home in Hillsborough has not set a mandate. Based on current Foothill Acre protocols, unvaccinated employees should be tested for COVID-19 twice a week.
âOften the governor makes an announcement about an order, but then it takes some time to go through the Department of Health to give us the specific instructions. Since we don’t have them yet, I can’t do it. of comment, âsaid Regional Marketing. Director for Foothill Acres Cris A. Brown.
Governor Phil Murphy announced Monday that starting September 7, workers at New Jersey healthcare facilities and other high-risk facilities will be tested for COVID once or twice a week if they are not fully vaccinated against the virus. Read more: COVID-19 vaccines, testing now mandatory for NJ health workers
Although a vaccination mandate has yet to be decided in Foothill Acres, Brown says Hillsborough Nursing Home “has been recognized as having one of the highest vaccination rates among its residents and staff. , right from the start “.
âWe are 85% of staff vaccinated and 98% of our long-term care residents with 92% of total residents vaccinated. We continue to test unvaccinated staff twice a week, âBrown said.
Statewide, healthcare facilities that still have unvaccinated workers by September 7 will need a plan in place to test those workers. The rules also apply to other high-risk environments, such as long-term care and assisted living facilities, rehabilitation centers, county jails and state prisons.
The state has “strongly encouraged” private facilities to implement more stringent protocols than New Jersey requirements.
âVaccination is the best tool we have to end this pandemic,â said New Jersey Department of Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli. âNone of us would want our vulnerable loved ones to be at additional risk because of their caregiver or health care provider. Making sure these people are fully vaccinated or have been tested will help protect those living in the area. those gathering places or in need of hospital care. “
The discussion of vaccination mandates for healthcare workers has sparked controversy nationwide, and New Jersey has not been immune. RWJBarnabas Health has confirmed it has fired six employees who refused to be vaccinated against the coronavirus.