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Low Vaccination Rate Among Senior Housing Staff Poses Problems. Are There Any Solutions? [Gray Area of the Law]

April 07, 2021

Lowndes Shareholder John Ruffier discusses Florida Trend's report that vaccination rates of staff are lagging across the state and what senior living facility operators can do.


Florida Trend (citing the Tampa Bay Times) recently reported that while 93% of assisted living residents have received at least one dose of the COVD-19 vaccine, vaccination rates of staff are lagging across the state. According to the report, only 40% of assisted living staffers have been vaccinated. 

The hesitancy of staff to get vaccinated has prompted facilities to find creative ways to encourage vaccination—from providing educational materials to get staff comfortable with the safety of the vaccine to offering bonuses and door prizes for vaccination. 

On the bright side, the high level of vaccination among senior living residents has lowered the number of coronavirus cases among residents dramatically. The risk to residents’ health from catching the virus is therefore much less. [Read more]

This is an excerpt from a blog post originally written on Gray Area of the Law


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John

John Ruffier concentrates his legal practice on commercial real estate, representing clients within Florida and across the nation. As the firm's Senior Housing Group chair, he also helps companies build their senior living portfolios from the ground up. 


Whether representing companies that are developing, acquiring or selling commercial real estate, or lenders who are making or modifying commercial loans, John’s skills garnered from his championship rowing days serve him well. After all, rowing is a lot like business: both require a clear vision and goal, a well-developed plan, manageable milestones and a laser-like focus – with the flexibility to adjust when necessary.

Restaurants, big box retail stores, office buildings, golf courses, and senior living facilities are among the real estate transactions in John’s dossier, both in Florida and across the United States. Clients appreciate John’s holistic approach to deals – like in his rowing days, John ignores distractions and always keeps his focus on the goal line of getting the deal done. With senior housing, John and his team work on such diverse issues such as land use, licensing, financing, labor and employment, management and operations, all to provide clients with advice that carefully looks at both immediate needs and the long-term prospects for potential transactions.

When he is not practicing law, John is heavily involved in The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. He founded Orlando’s HRC Steering Committee which has received numerous national awards since its inception. Although still involved on a local level, John now focuses his service as a member of the organization’s national Board of Directors and will take over as Board Chair next year.  John is also the past President of the Hope and Help Center of Central Florida, an AIDS service organization in Orlando. The organization has awarded him the “Chuck Hummer II Visionary Award” in recognition of his leadership in the LGBT community.

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