Many Elder Care Workers Still Refuse to Get COVID-19 Vaccine
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Nursing homes faced a shocking mortality rate during the pandemic. In the U.S., COVID-19 killed more than 133,000 residents and nearly 2,000 staff members between May 31, 2020 and this July 4, according to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reports. The true toll is thought to be even higher as data gathering lagged in the early months of the crisis, health experts say. Working in a nursing home became one of the “most dangerous jobs” in America in 2020, according to an analysis of work-related deaths by Scientific American.
Yet seven months after the first vaccines became available to medical professionals, only 59% of staff at the nation’s nursing homes and other long-term care facilities are fully or partially vaccinated — with eight states reporting an average rate of less than half, according to CMS data updated last week. Twenty-three individual facilities had vaccination rates of under 1%, the data showed. Staff vaccinations have lagged even as the overall rate for residents climbed to 83%, according to the CMS data.
Last week, President Joe Biden took aim at Facebook and other social media giants for failing to police vaccine misinformation that amplifies conspiracy theories and discourages people from getting vaccinated. “They’re killing people,” he said, directly blaming the platforms. On Monday, he recast the accusation to say it was specific individuals posting dangerous information who are culpable.
On Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., pleaded to “anyone out there willing to listen: Get vaccinated.” While not mentioning skeptics specifically — including those in his own party — the Republican leader urged the unvaccinated to ignore “demonstrably bad advice.” COVID-19 cases are now surging in every state, with new hospitalizations and deaths almost entirely occurring among the unvaccinated. “This is becoming a pandemic of the unvaccinated,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky warned last week during a White House briefing.
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July 24, 2021 at 11:19 AM #436800PADemDParticipant
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The nursing home healthcare workers could have been tested daily and sent home to quarantine.
July 24, 2021 at 6:30 PM #436855Ohio BarbarianModerator
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That is a big problem that is never brought up, much less addressed. It is also a reason why many workers won’t get vaccinated, because they literally can’t afford to take a day or two off without pay if they get a little sick from it, like I did.
But I had sick time.
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July 24, 2021 at 12:19 PM #436804GZeusHParticipant
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Compared to what? How about compared to living in a nursing home, with unvaccinated Karens on every shift, bringing in what they were able to inhale from the community?
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