Where Are We At With Mandatory Vaccines for Healthcare Workers?
On July 26, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced that they would be requiring staff at VA hospitals to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Gov. Kate Brown announced on August 4 that all healthcare workers in Oregon would be required to get weekly COVID-19 tests unless they showed proof of vaccination as of October 18.
On Aug. 18, the Biden Administration announced that all long-term care workers serving people with Medicare and Medicaid would also be required to get vaccinated.
Data taken from mid-August puts Benton County healthcare workers at 85% vaccinated. However, those are averages from the whole county. Advocate staffers spoke to the three major healthcare facilities and a number of senior centers in and around Corvallis to see what their vaccination rate actually was.
Samaritan Health told reporters that their staff was 80% vaccinated against COVID-19, which includes their facilities in Benton, Linn, and Lincoln counties. The Corvallis Clinic was also at an 80% staff vaccination rate. Corvallis Family Medicine is at 90%.
Prior to Brown’s announcement, none of these healthcare organizations were able to mandate vaccinations.
Mennonite Home Retirement Village — 60% vaccination rate for staff. Resident rate varies based on which area they are in with an average overall of about 93%, although in one section of residents the number of those vaccinated was unknown;
The Oaks at Lebanon — 40% staff vaccination rate, 90% resident vaccination rate
Century Fields ALF/Meadowlark — ‘most’ of their staff was vaccinated;