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PA ranks high in nursing home worker vaccine violations

A year has gone by since the federal government began enforcing a requirement in all states that healthcare workers be vaccinated against COVID-19.

In that time, inspectors have cited about 750 nursing homes and 110 hospitals for violations of the vaccination mandate, according to an Associated Press analysis of federal data.

Sixty-four nursing homes in Pennsylvania were cited for worker vaccination violations, the second-highest number in the country behind Michigan with 66.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which issued the mandate, says it has helped prevent countless infections and deaths.

Yet some health care workers say it's time for the mandate to come to an end.

They cite a decline in severe COVID-19 cases, a workforce shortage in certain health care professions and the upcoming expiration of the national public health emergency, among other factors.