What was once a flood of healthcare workers catching the coronavirus in Los Angeles County has now slowed, largely because the vast majority of them have been vaccinated, local public health officials have said. Reports of new cases of the virus among county health workers have fallen 94 percent since late November, just before vaccination began.
The statistics are encouraging, both in Los Angeles County and across the country. A few Healthcare workers initially expressed reluctance to be vaccinated against Covid-19, often for fear of the safety of vaccines, which were rushed into use under emergency clearances from the Food and Drug Administration .
Workers in nursing homes and long-term care facilities, which were hot spots during the pandemic, were of particular concern: at one point, these workers accounted for a quarter of all cases among healthcare workers from Los Angeles County.
But at the end of February, according to the county, 69% of health workers at these facilities – including 78% of nursing home and long-term care staff – had received at least one injection of vaccine.
The results were striking: 434 new cases of the virus were reported in the county among nursing home health workers during the week of November 29, but for the week of February 14 there were 10 cases, according to county data.
The same has happened with county health workers in general: New cases fell to 69 for the week of Feb. 14, from more than 1,800 cases during the week of Nov. 29, the county said.
“The high vaccination rates correlate with the lowest case and death rates among nursing home health workers,” the county public health department wrote in a statement on Monday, “and we are grateful to all of you. those who were vaccinated and to the teams who coordinated the vaccinations at each site. “
The county as a whole has made major progress over the same period, with new cases falling overall by 71%. But even so, the risk of catching the virus there remains high.
A recent survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that Los Angeles County is ahead of most of the country when it comes to immunizing health workers. The national survey, conducted between February 15 and 23, found that 54% of health workers had already received at least one dose of the vaccine by that time, and a further 10% said they planned to get vaccinated as soon as they can. . Some 15 percent said they “definitely will not” get the vaccine.