COVID-19 & the Health Workforce

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a profound impact on the health workforce in the United States. Current issues facing the health workforce include vaccine mandates, workforce shortages, and resiliency of the workforce in the face of burnout. At the same time, while some of the changes to state and federal laws regarding the delivery of telehealth services have been made permanent, others have been allowed to expire, leaving providers and patients unsure of the coverage for these services.

This site is dedicated to providing planners and policy makers with up-to-date information on COVID-19 and the health workforce. Key areas of focus are:


Vaccine Administration

Information about the effort to vaccinate the health workforce against COVID-19 and best practices for health care providers to improve vaccination rates.


Health Workforce Shortages

Information on how the COVID-19 pandemic is creating workforce shortages, as well as organizational efforts to recruit and retain their workforce.



Information on the rapid expansion in use of telehealth for health care delivery. Topics include telehealth impacts on access to care and telehealth-related changes to health workforce regulations, service requirements, and funding.


Health Workforce Resilience

Information about pandemic risks to health care workers and strategies being used to protect them from COVID-19, prevent and address burnout, and support their well-being.


HWRC COVID-19 Resources

Each of the health workforce research centers (HWRCs) across the US are assisting in these efforts. These are specific resources developed by the HWRCs.



To access resources for previous key topics from earlier in the COVID-19 pandemic, please see the “Past Topics” in the submenu to the left.

We will be continually updating this site to provide the most up-to-date information and policy changes as they unfold.

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