CDC Reports Large Percentage of Nursing Home Staff within U.S. Remain Unvaccinated

The CDC released some data from their analysis of early COVID-19 first-dose vaccination coverage among residents and staff members of skilled nursing facilities participating in the Pharmacy Partnership for long-term care programs.  The data for these results were pulled from a short timeline, spanning from December 2020 until January 2021. 

“Among 11,460 SNFs (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 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 report concluded.

The Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program is a public-private partnership among CDC, CVS Pharmacy (https://www.cvs.comexternal icon), Managed Health Care Associates, Inc. (https://www.mhainc.com/homeexternal icon), and Walgreens (https://www.walgreens.comexternal icon) to provide on-site COVID-19 vaccination of residents and staff members at enrolled LTCFs in 54 jurisdictions (49 states, four cities, and one territory). These organizations report facility-level aggregate vaccine administration data to CDC through a web-based data platform. 

For this analysis, COVID-19 vaccine administration data were restricted to those from enrolled SNFs with a unique, valid CMS Certification Number (CCN) that had a vaccination clinic conducted on site during the first month of the program (December 18, 2020–January 17, 2021). The number of residents eligible for vaccination was estimated using the mean of NHSN weekly resident census counts for each facility during the weeks of December 14, 2020–January 17, 2021.

FIGURE 1Estimated percentage of residents and staff members at skilled nursing facilities enrolled in the Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program who received ≥1 dose of COVID-19 vaccine — United States, December 18, 2020–January 17, 2021
FIGURE 2Estimated median percentage of residents and staff members at skilled nursing facilities enrolled in the Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program who received ≥1 dose of COVID-19 vaccine, by jurisdiction — United States, December 18, 2020–January 17, 2021