The rate of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination uptake by US nursing home staff remains low despite the increased risks of viral transmission and related morbidity and mortality in this setting. This study describes vaccine uptake activities including a COVID-19 vaccination condition of employment (COE) policy in one community nursing home. This case study summarizes the timeline of vaccination uptake activities, staff vaccination rates over time, and stakeholder perspectives around the implementation of a COVID-19 vaccine COE. Organizational data were used to calculate vaccination rates from January 1, 2021 until May 1, 2021 among all nursing home staff. Interviews were held with the executive leadership team, human resources leadership, and nursing home staff to understand the process of implementation. During a 4-month period, nursing home leaders provided 8 written handouts about COVID-19 to all staff, hosted 5 on-site vaccination clinics in partnership with area pharmacies, conducted 2 virtual presentations for staff in addition to individual outreach and internal communications. Fewer than one-half of the staff were vaccinated prior to the decision to pursue a vaccine COE on February 9, 2021. The decision to pursue a COVID-19 vaccine COE was supported by executive leadership and nursing home staff to protect the health and safety of each other and their residents. By May 1, 2021 a total of 221 of the 246 (89.8%) nursing home staff members received a COVID-19 vaccination. The facility reached 100% compliance with the vaccine COE policy with 18 people who chose to resign and 7 people who were exempt or on a leave of absence. In combination with frequent, personalized outreach, a COVID-19 vaccine COE resulted in high staff vaccination rates and minimal staff turnover. This case study provides a detailed summary of vaccination uptake activities within an organizational context to inform efforts at other healthcare facilities.
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