Thomas A. Russo, MD
, SUNY Distinguished Professor of medicine
and chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases
, is quoted in a story that reports that most nursing homes in Western New York report employee vaccination rates below 75 percent. Russo says specific outreach efforts should be the first step to boost vaccination rates among health care workers, especially inside nursing homes. “Going into nursing homes, explaining to them why this is so important, both for staff and residents, and if the desired results are not achieved, then I think that’s when the discussion about mandatory vaccines needs to begin,” Russo says.