On this page we highlight updates and news affecting nursing and the healthcare system as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop. This page will be updated as news becomes available.
Latest Coronavirus Nursing News
Sept. 9: Biden to Require All Federal Employees to be Vaccinated, With No Option for Testing
- As of Sept. 9: President Biden signed a new executive order adding a tougher stance on vaccine mandates for federal workers, federal contractors, and facilities that receive federal funding. This group must show proof of vaccination. No rapid COVID-19 testing options are accepted.
- How does this affect nurses? There are 17 million healthcare workers at facilities that receive funds from Medicare and Medicaid. This includes nurses who work in federally funded hospitals, home care facilities and dialysis centers. They too must show proof of vaccination with zero option of weekly COVID-19 testing.
- This new executive order is said to affect as many as 100 million Americans.
August 2021 Coverage
Aug. 23: The FDA Approves the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid Vaccine.
- The long-awaited approval will likely cause hospitals, colleges, universities, corporations, and state and local governments to require the vaccine for all employees and students.
Aug. 18: President Joe Biden's Administration Requires the COVID-19 Vaccine for All Nursing Home Employees.
- The majority of nursing home residents participate in government-run Medicare and Medicaid programs. The vaccination requirement will allow facilities to continue to receive funding.
- As of Aug. 8, 62% of nursing home staff members are already vaccinated nationally. Vaccinations among staff on a state level range from 44-88%. Infection rates increase due to the Delta variant, especially in nursing homes with staff members who are not vaccinated. With an ongoing nursing shortage, some nursing homes are worried the requirement will cause them to lose more staff members.
Aug. 16: New York and D.C. Announce All Healthcare Workers Are Required to Be Vaccinated.
- Governor Andrew Cuomo announces that all New York state healthcare workers, including staff members in long-term care facilities, nursing homes, and other care settings, must be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Sept. 27.
- Mayor Muriel Bowser and D.C. Health requires all healthcare workers in the District of Columbia to receive at least the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by Sept. 30.
Aug. 9: Governor Abbott Announces Only Out-of-State Health Workers Can Aid in COVID-19 Operations.
- Texas Governor Greg Abbott announces that the Department of State Health Services would only use out-of-state healthcare workers to help Texas hospitals and facilities with COVID-19 operations.
Aug. 5: California Announces All Healthcare Workers Are Required to Be Vaccinated.
- On Aug. 16, nurses and healthcare workers gathered at the California capital to protest the mandate. The California mandate is requiring all healthcare workers to be fully vaccinated by Sept. 30.
Find past coverage on COVID-19 news including nursing school changes, vaccine mandates for health workers, community responses, traveling tips, and resources for nurses battling on the front lines.
- Nurse Describes Battling COVID Crisis in NYC Hospital: 'I Can't Even Adequately Express the Grief'
- Nursing Organizations Call for Mandated COVID-19 Vaccinations for Health Workers
- COVID-19 Vaccine Obstacles Among Minority Communities
- COVID-19 Vaccination Hesitancy Among the Nursing Community
Nursing School Changes
- Changes to Nursing Programs' Clinical Requirements in Response to COVID-19
- Do Nursing Students Need the COVID-19 Vaccine to Return to School?
- How Will COVID-19 Affect Nursing Students Returning to School in 2021?
Back to School
- How School Nurses Are Handling a Return to In-Person Learning
- What Are the Required Back-to-School Vaccinations?
Traveling During COVID
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