Caregivers in Andalusia will be forced to take PCR tests
Caregivers in retirement homes in Andalusia who refuse to take PCR tests must be forced to take them.
The number of nursing home workers who refuse Covid-19 tests are isolated cases, but still sufficient for the Junta de Andalucía to act.
The Consejería de Salud y Familias has decided to take legal action to impose the diagnostic test for active infection (PDIA) on all unvaccinated nursing home staff as well as those who refuse to submit to established screening protocols. .
The General Directorate of Social Care and Health this week sent a circular to primary care districts and health areas informing that “in recent days, there have been refusals to undergo PDIA screening by some workers in health centers. ‘accommodation that has not been vaccinated and refusing to undergo screening set up by certain workers in accommodation centers for the elderly and very dependent ”.
So far, three cases of unvaccinated workers have been located in Huelva province, but more are feared to emerge.
The directors general of the health centers are also invited to contact the residences to send “as soon as possible” detailed information on the identity of the caregivers who have refused to submit to the tests and the center to which they belong.
“From the vice-ministry of health and families, it was decided to seek judicial authorization for all cases of refusal to perform the established PDIA screening,” revealed an internal memo seen by ABC. This information, once obtained, will be sent to the aforementioned general management through the nurse case manager in each Andalusian province.
The move comes after the Andalusian government has stepped up surveillance in centers for the elderly, mental health and disability centers due to increased epidemics in recent weeks.
Currently, 621 positive have been recorded among residents, fortunately most of them are mildly ill thanks to the protective shield offered by the vaccine.
To protect vulnerable people living in residences, many of whom are dependent, chronically ill and multi-pathologically ill, all vaccinated workers should be tested every two weeks and those who have not yet received their vaccines will be tested twice a week – c ‘has now been agreed by the Committee of Experts.
“We have met some who not only do not get vaccinated but refuse to be tested. We had to ask for a judicial authorization to coerce them, ”said the director general of social and health care of the Junta, José Repiso, in an interview with ABC, which will be published this weekend.
In Andalusia, there are a total of 1,009 workers who refused to be vaccinated, which represents 2.7% of the staff of the 1,107 households in the region.
Vaccination against Covid still remains voluntary in Spain, however, Andalusia, along with four other autonomous communities, has requested in writing to the Ministry of Health that vaccination be compulsory for health professionals and workers in nursing homes, as it exists in France.
The employers’ associations in the geriatric sector themselves have also demanded that vaccination be a condition for working in these centers. A decision is expected soon, so be sure to check for the update of this article.
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