The state’s largest health workers union appeared to offer its support on Monday after Governor Ned Lamont a vaccination mandate issued for the country’s nursing home workers last week.
In a statement, the head of SEIU 1199 New England said the union has been encouraging workers to get their vaccinations since last December, when the vaccine first became available.
“The vaccine is an essential tool in protecting the workers and the people we care for every day,” said Rob Baril, the union’s president. “The union is working with employers and the state of Connecticut to ensure vaccination efforts are effective. We are reviewing the details of Governor Ned Lamont’s executive order for further discussions with employers to ensure effective implementation. “
Have industry leaders in long term care facilities in Connecticut already lined up to support the actionalthough some have expressed concerns that it could make filling staff shortages more difficult.
Genesis HealthCare, one of the largest long-term care facility operators in the state, had previously announced that workers must be vaccinated, and Massachusetts officials in that state have issued a similar policy for nursing home workers.
The Lamont order, issued on Friday, applies to employees in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, including nursing homes, assisted living agencies, interim care facilities for people with intellectual disabilities, managed residential communities and hospitals for chronic illnesses.
Employees must receive their first dose by September 7th. Households that fail to comply will face fines of $ 20,000 per day.
The move represented a shift in the Lamont government to a tough mandate after the governor opposed calls for new restrictions amid an increase in cases and hospital stays.
The number of cases has also increased in nursing homes. There were 51 cases among residents in the three weeks prior to the order, up from just six in the previous three weeks, according to the governor’s office.