August 20, 2021

As many of you may have heard, CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services), in collaboration with the CDC, announced on 8/18/2021 that they are developing a regulation that would mandate COVID vaccinations for all nursing home staff across the country. We will be looking at this new rule once it is published, likely in September, and support the mandate for all healthcare staff.

High levels of staff vaccination are linked to fewer COVID-19 outbreaks among residents in nursing homes. As of today, we have an employee vaccination rate of 80% which makes us one of the highest vaccinated facilities in the entire state of Wisconsin. Only 10 facilities in the entire state of Wisconsin have achieved over 75% vaccination compliance among employees. In the Fox Valley area, only two facilities have achieved that, and Oakridge Gardens is one of them. This is something to be proud of and we thank each of you for that!

There will be more information to share with you all as we become apprised. If you have any questions in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to call me or stop by my office to discuss.

As always, thank you for your continued support and for all you do for our residents!


Caitlin Higgins, NHA