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, native public well being officers stated. Reports of recent virus circumstances 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, usually out of concern concerning the security of the vaccines, which have been hurried into use underneath emergency authorizations from the Food and Drug Administration.
Workers in nursing properties and long-term care services, which have been sizzling spots through the pandemic, have been of particular concern: At one level, these employees accounted for one-quarter of all circumstances amongst well being care employees in Los Angeles County.
But by the tip of February, the county stated, 69 p.c of well being care employees in these services — together with 78 p.c of nursing house and long-term care services staffs — had acquired no less than one shot of vaccine.
The outcomes have been stark: 434 new virus circumstances 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 circumstances, in keeping with county knowledge.
The similar has occurred with the county’s well being care employees basically: New circumstances fell to 69 for the week of Feb. 14, from greater than 1,800 circumstances through the week of Nov. 29, the county stated.
“High charges of vaccination are correlated with the bottom charges of circumstances 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 bought 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 circumstances general down 71 p.c. But even so, the danger of getting the virus there stays excessive.
A latest 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, carried out between Feb. 15 and Feb. 23, discovered that 54 p.c of well being care employees had already acquired no less than 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.