CDC: Only One-Third Of Nursing Home Staff Have Agreed To Receive COVID-19 Vaccination

The CDC reported on February 1, 2021, “Among 11,460 SNFs with at least one vaccination clinic conducted during the first month of the CDC Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program, a median of 77.8% of residents and 37.5% of staff members received ≥1 vaccine dose through the program.”

The CDC reported: “During December 18, 2020–January 17, 2021, among 12,702 CMS-certified SNFs enrolled in the Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program, 11,460 (90.2%) had at least one on-site vaccination clinic conducted through the program. A total of 713,909 residents and 582,104 staff members received ≥1 COVID-19 vaccine doses. Among 11,376 (99.3%) of these facilities with available resident census data, a median estimated 77.8% (IQR = 61.3%–93.1%) of residents were vaccinated; and among 11,134 (97.2%) facilities with available staff member payroll data, a median of 37.5% (IQR = 23.2%–56.8%) of staff members were vaccinated. Among the 54 participating jurisdictions, 40 states had >50 CMS-certified SNFs that conducted at least one on-site clinic during the first month of the program and had available denominator data; the median percentage of residents vaccinated by state ranged from 65.7% to >100% and of staff members, ranged from 19.4% to 67.4%.”

“Low vaccination coverage among staff members working in LTCFs has been previously described for influenza vaccination; during the 2017–18 influenza season, vaccination coverage among LTCF staff members was lower than that among other health care workers, and survey data suggest that hesitancy among this population could be associated with skepticism about influenza vaccine effectiveness and perceived low risk for virus transmission to themselves or others. Although efforts are ongoing to promote confidence in COVID-19 vaccination among health care workers, challenges persist. According to a survey conducted in October 2020, 37% of nurses stated that they were not confident that a COVID-19 vaccine would be safe and effective, and only 34% agreed that they would voluntarily receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Frequently cited reasons for vaccine hesitancy included the perceived rapidity of vaccine development; inadequate information received about vaccine safety, side effects, and administration; and skepticism regarding the clinical trials and vaccine approval processes. Similarly, survey data from December 2020 indicated that nearly one third (29%) of respondents who worked in a health care delivery setting expressed COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy, and updated estimates from January 2021 indicated that hesitancy persisted, with 28% of health care workers indicating a desire to delay receipt of vaccine until they had more information about safety and effectiveness. Specifically among LTCF staff members, a November 2020 survey found that only 45% of respondents were willing to receive a COVID-19 vaccine immediately once available, and an additional 24% would consider it in the future; the most frequently identified reason for vaccine hesitancy was concern about side effects. High staff member turnover, staff members working in multiple facilities, and limited resources for staff member outreach and education are also potential barriers to vaccination in LTCFs. Use of focused communication messages to increase COVID-19 vaccine confidence in health care personnel and specifically among LTCF staff members, including messages regarding the documented safety and efficacy of authorized COVID-19 vaccines, might help improve vaccination acceptance and coverage. Staff members serve as a trusted source of information for patients and residents; therefore particularly in LTCF settings where residents and staff members might be vaccinated simultaneously, increasing vaccine confidence among staff members might have additional benefits for promoting vaccination among residents. Because coverage varied among jurisdictions, lessons learned from jurisdictions or individual facilities with high coverage might provide insight into strategies that could be applied more broadly.”


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