“The American Health Care Association and LeadingAge said it is possible to get 75% of the nation’s approximately 1.5 million nursing home staffers vaccinated by June 30, using ongoing education, town halls and special webinars. The groups are working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to meet the target.
The partnership comes after an early February report by the CDC found just 37.5% of nursing home staff received at least one dose during the first month of the federal COVID-19 vaccine program. Residents, meanwhile, averaged more than double that.
Some operators and states have fared better. A report by the Healthcare Association of Hawaii showed that 78% of long-term care staff in the state are getting vaccinated. Northwest-best operator Marquis Companies had scored an 82% vaccination rate among staff as of mid-February, while Genesis HealthCare reported vaccine uptake among staff hit 63% by mid-February.”