What was as soon as a flood of well being care staff catching the coronavirus in Los Angeles County has now slowed to a trickle, largely as a result of the overwhelming majority of them have been vaccinated, native public well being officers stated. Stories of latest virus instances amongst well being care staff within the county have fallen by 94 p.c since late November, simply earlier than vaccination started.
The statistics are encouraging, each in Los Angeles County and throughout the nation. Some well being care staff initially expressed reluctance to get a Covid-19 vaccine shot, typically out of concern concerning the security of the vaccines, which had been hurried into use underneath emergency authorizations from the Meals and Drug Administration.
Employees in nursing houses and long-term care services, which have been scorching spots through the pandemic, have been of particular concern: At one level, these staff accounted for one-quarter of all instances amongst well being care staff in Los Angeles County.
However by the top of February, the county stated, 69 p.c of well being care staff in these services — together with 78 p.c of nursing house and long-term care services staffs — had obtained at the least one shot of vaccine.
The outcomes have been stark: 434 new virus instances had been reported within the county amongst nursing-home well being care staff through the week of Nov. 29, however for the week of Feb. 14, there have been 10 instances, in line with county knowledge.
The identical has occurred with the county’s well being care staff generally: New instances fell to 69 for the week of Feb. 14, from greater than 1,800 instances through the week of Nov. 29, the county stated.
“Excessive charges of vaccination are correlated with the bottom charges of instances and deaths amongst well being care staff at nursing houses,” the county public well being division wrote in a press release on Monday, “and we’re grateful to everybody that acquired vaccinated and to the groups that coordinated vaccinations at every web site.”
The county as a complete made main progress over the identical interval, with new instances general down 71 p.c. Besides, the chance of getting the virus there stays excessive.
A current survey by the Kaiser Household Basis discovered that Los Angeles County is forward of many of the nation in getting well being care staff immunized. The nationwide survey, performed between Feb. 15 and Feb. 23, discovered that 54 p.c of well being care staff had already obtained at the least one dose of vaccine by then, and 10 p.c extra stated they deliberate to get a shot as quickly as they might. Some 15 p.c stated they might “positively not” get the vaccine.