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Broome County NY nursing home vaccination rates for staff | #healthcare | #elderly | #seniors

Hundreds of nursing homes across New York state that are struggling to vaccinate workers remain at heightened risk of COVID-19 outbreaks, despite recent declines in coronavirus infections.

About 250 nursing homes are lagging the state’s COVID-19 vaccination rate for long-term care workers, according to a USA TODAY Network analysis of state data. Overall, 62% of nursing home staff statewide have been at least partially vaccinated in New York.

While 85% of New York’s nursing home residents have been partially or fully vaccinated, the likelihood of future outbreaks is higher in facilities where fewer workers choose to get shots. It also increases the odds of breakthrough infections among vaccinated people, which are exceedingly rare.

While Bridgewater Nursing and Rehabilitation in Binghamton held a COVID-19 vaccination clinic for residents and staff on Dec. 22, 2020, only 60% of staff have been fully vaccinated. Eight-one percent of residents have been vaccinated.

Last week, Willow Point Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Vestal, which is operated by Broome County, paused visitation after 12 cases of COVID-19 were linked to the facility. 

Willow Point, which recorded 51 coronavirus-related deaths, has about 63% of its staff vaccinated, according to the state data.

“This was done at the recommendation of state COVID guidance and out of an abundance of caution,” said Broome County spokesperson Chris Whalen. “Another round of testing will be conducted this week and upon receiving those test results, Willow Point will reevaluate visitation.”

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