With the federal government’s announcement that nursing homes operating in America would need all of their staff to be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus in order to receive federal funding, some leaders in the industry have voiced their concerns over the mandate driving nursing home and hospital staff out of rural areas, leading to a greater shortage of medical personnel.

From a USAToday interview, Alan Morgan, chief executive officer of the National Rural Health Association, said that while larger hospital systems have more flexibility if staff quit due to the vaccine mandate, rural areas don’t, and could lead to an exodus of health care workers from areas already struggling to provide care to every patient.

SOURCE: www.usatoday.com