Last week, the Connecticut Department of Public Health began issuing civil penalties to long-term care facilities subject to Executive Order 13F, which mandates COVID-19 vaccinations for individuals who work in the facilities, the agency announced. Long-term care facilities subject to the EO include nursing homes, assisted living services agencies, managed residential communities, residential care homes, chronic disease hospitals, and intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities. “These vaccine mandates are in place to protect not only the patients and residents in long-term care but to ensure the health and safety of staff and their families and co-workers,” said DPH Commissioner Manisha Juthani, MD.
EO 13F required long-term care facilities to submit by Sept. 28 reports attesting to each facility’s compliance with the EO. Of the 643 long-term care facilities subject to the EO, 101 facilities had not reported to DPH as of Nov. 12 and they are subject collectively to fines totaling more than $19 million.