BALTIMORE — The Alice Byrd Tawes Nursing Home in Crisfield is no longer on the Maryland Department of Health’s list of the bottom 10 nursing home facilities in the state ranked by percentage of staff with at least one dose of a vaccine against COVID-19 and highly contagious variants.
MDH releases this information weekly, and as of the Aug. 23 report the Tawes Nursing Home reported 93.7% of residents and 57.8% staff fully vaccinated.
Comparatively, the Manokin Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare in Princess Anne was at 85.1% of residents and 68.6% of staff fully vaccinated.
There are no longer any Lower Shore nursing homes in the bottom 10, however, Salisbury Rehabilitation and Nursing Center again did not submit a report to the state.
"Nursing home facilities are critical partners in Maryland’s efforts to reduce COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths among our most vulnerable residents," said MDH Secretary Dennis R. Schrader. "As of Aug. 18, 2021, nursing homes with staff who do not have a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by Sept. 1, 2021, are not requiring unvaccinated staff to weekly COVID-19 screening and testing, or are not appropriately reporting their vaccination data will be subject to fines, civil penalties, and enforcement actions."
"Staff unvaccinated against COVID-19 and the highly contagious Delta variant are the consistent source of infections and outbreaks at nursing home facilities in the state," said Maryland Department of Aging Secretary Rona E. Kramer.
"By getting vaccinated, staff are an absolutely necessary source of protection for our elderly population and we implore those who are still unvaccinated to get a shot before it’s too late."
The Maryland Department of Aging in May launched the Skilled Nursing Facilities Vaccination Dashboard, which weekly publishes data on residents and staff vaccinated against COVID-19 at each of the skilled nursing homes and congregate care facilities in the state.