DeWine creates list calling out nursing homes, assisted living facilities failing to sign up for more vaccines – WHIO TV 7 and WHIO Radio | #seniorliving | #elderly | #seniors
Gov. Mike DeWine is putting pressure on nursing homes and assisted living facilities for not participating in the new “Vaccine Maintenance Program.”
“What our fear is is that people in the nursing homes are not being protected as well as they could be protected because the vaccination did not continue” DeWine said on Thursday.
The purpose of the program is to ensure new senior care residents and employees have access to a vaccine, according to DeWine.
He released a list of names of over 200 nursing homes and assisted living centers across the state he says have not signed up for the program.
A local expert on nursing home care supports the governors move.
“Really I think it’s a great step because the more people we can have at nursing homes and assisted living facilities working with the state to keep the staff and residents vaccinated, that’s a safe place for people to come in and visit,” said Chip Wilkins.
34 local facilities spread out around the region were on the list.
Some of these facilities might be in vaccine maintenance programs but made it onto the list improperly, according to the Sanctuary at Wilmington Place, a facility in Dayton that says they are contacting the state to find out why they were listed.
DeWine says he will be updating the list of facilities as they check in and join the program.