Vaccination rates are stagnant

Looking at the vaccination data since Jan. 15, researchers found that progress plateaued after a rapid increase in the early months of vaccination. By April, more than 60% of healthcare staff in hospitals had been vaccinated, with rates increasing only marginally in the remaining months. This suggests that those who aren’t vaccinated are unlikely to get a shot, unless it’s because of mandates imposed by federal or local authorities.

The data on covid-19 vaccinations in healthcare is limited

The analysis also shows the need for better data collection on vaccination status among healthcare workers.

The analysis had to exclude data from a majority of hospitals which either wouldn’t report the data on their personnel vaccination status, or do so in an incomplete way that didn’t allow for it to be included in the analysis. Out of more 5,000 facilities that are part of the Health and Human Services data collection, less than 2,500 (48%) reported data on covid-19 vaccination among healthcare practitioners, and among them, only a few more than 2,000 had comprehensive data. 

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