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FRIDAY, July 30, 2021 (HealthDay News)
Aides in long-term care facilities are less likely than other staff to be vaccinated, even though they have the most contact with vulnerable patients and could infect them with COVID-19, a new federal study shows.
Researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analyzed data from 300 long-term care facilities nationwide. The research showed that 75% of physicians working at the facilities had been vaccinated by March of this year, compared with just 46% of the aides who worked every day with residents, CNN reported.
“One concern is that nurses and aides in this sample, who have the most patient contact, had the lowest vaccination coverage. COVID-19 outbreaks have occurred in long term care facilities in which residents were highly vaccinated, but transmission occurred through unvaccinated staff members,” Dr. James Lee, CDC Covid-19 Response Team, and