MECHANICSBURG – The PA Department of Health set the expectation for all of PA’s skilled nursing facilities to have at least 80% of staff vaccinated for COVID-19 by Oct. 1. Currently in PA, 12.5% of facilities have staff vaccinated at or above 80%, which the department says is not enough from a public health perspective to prevent future outbreaks of the virus. For those that do not meet the 80% expectation by Oct. 1, the department will require more frequent testing for unvaccinated employees. For facilities that meet the expectation, the department will support surveillance testing in addition to outbreak testing. Appropriate regulatory action will be taken if the facilities are not compliant with testing requirements. The department also announced that a new skilled nursing facility vaccine dashboard showing self-reported vaccination data that is submitted weekly to the federal government. The dashboard is now available on health.pa.gov.