Many long-term care staff continue to refuse the COVID-19 vaccine
Nobody is more familiar with the impact of COVID-19 than staff at nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Nearly 40% of the COVID deaths in the U.S. have occurred among residents of these facilities. More than 1,500 nursing home staff have also died from COVID.
Nonetheless, many long-term care staff continue to refuse the COVID-19 vaccine. In a recent CDC report, nursing homes had a median vaccination rate of 37.5% for staff during the first month of the federal vaccination effort; by comparison, a median of 77.8% of nursing home residents received the vaccine.