Nursing Home Study Is First To Affirm Fed’s Choice To Prioritize Residents, Staff For Vaccines

May 7, 2021

A new study provides the first real-world evidence that COVID-19 vaccinations in nursing homes are effective at preventing cases and deaths.

It also may validate the federal decision to prioritize these settings for shots, according to the research arm of the American Health Care Association. 

The study was conducted in 2,501 nursing homes from the first 17 states to hold vaccine clinics as part of the federal Pharmacy Partnership for Long‐Term Care Program. Following these first clinics, a decline in new resident cases and deaths from SARS-CoV-2 and decreased cases among staff were associated with delayed vaccine effect — protection against the virus that develops seven to 14 days after immunization, investigators said. 

Read the full article from McKnight’s Long-Term Care News here.