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Vaccine Mandates Hit Amid Historic Health-Care Staff Shortage

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Inside A Covid-19 Unit At Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital
Photographer: Nic Coury/Bloomberg

Nearly one in four beds lies empty at TaraVista Behavioral Health Center in central Massachusetts -- not for lack of patients, but for lack of staff.

Even before the pandemic, nurses and lower-paid aides were in perennially short supply, but the 116-bed facility could still run full, said Chief Executive Officer Michael Krupa. At similar hospitals around Massachusetts, hundreds of beds can’t be filled, and “the reason is exclusively staff,” he said.