What was as soon as a flood of well being care employees 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, local public health officials said. Reviews of recent virus instances amongst well being care employees 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 employees initially expressed reluctance to get a Covid-19 vaccine shot, often out of worry in regards to the security of the vaccines, which have been hurried into use below emergency authorizations from the Meals and Drug Administration.
Employees in nursing properties and long-term care amenities, which have been scorching spots through the pandemic, have been of particular concern: At one level, these employees accounted for one-quarter of all instances amongst well being care employees in Los Angeles County.
However by the tip of February, the county stated, 69 p.c of well being care employees in these amenities — together with 78 p.c of nursing residence and long-term care amenities staffs — had acquired not less than one shot of vaccine.
The outcomes have been stark: 434 new virus instances have been reported within the county amongst nursing-home well being care employees through the week of Nov. 29, however for the week of Feb. 14, there have been 10 instances, according to county data.
The identical has occurred with the county’s well being care employees on the whole: 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 employees at nursing properties,” the county public well being division wrote in an announcement on Monday, “and we’re grateful to everybody that acquired vaccinated and to the groups that coordinated vaccinations at every website.”
The county as a complete made main progress over the identical interval, with new instances general down 71 p.c. Besides, the danger of getting the virus there remains high.
A recent survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation discovered that Los Angeles County is forward of a lot of the nation in getting well being care employees immunized. The nationwide survey, conducted between Feb. 15 and Feb. 23, discovered that 54 p.c of well being care employees had already acquired not less than one dose of vaccine by then, and 10 p.c extra stated they deliberate to get a shot as quickly as they may. Some 15 p.c stated they’d “undoubtedly not” get the vaccine.