After concerns about a possible loss of nurses and staff, as well as reductions to programs at the Grafton County Nursing Home following the federal government’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, staffing numbers have stabilized and nursing home programs remain status quo. On Nov. 8, the county commission, not keen on mandates but not wanting to lose the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid funding that makes up a large chunk of GCNH revenue, voted 2-1 to mandate vaccines for staff, with the second dose to be no later than Jan. 4. Days later, they suspended their mandate after the state of New Hampshire joined other states in a lawsuit against the federal government that challenged the federal mandate. Since then, the Supreme Court of the United States upheld the federal mandate for staff at nursing homes that receive federal funding. On Jan. 18, the county commission voted 2-1 to again mandate vaccines for GCNH employees.