OnShift Survey Shows Dramatic Rise In Long Term Care Staff Wanting Vaccine
Post-acute care software company OnShift on Friday said senior care employee willingness to take the COVID-19 vaccine has risen sharply over the winter, with its new March survey showing a 94 percent increase in acceptance of the vaccine from its December measurement.
The company also said there was a 41 percent decrease in staff members planning to decline a COVID-19 vaccine over the same time frame.
In response to the survey and vaccination efforts in the nursing care profession, Mark Parkinson, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), said, “Our caregivers are eager to protect themselves, their family members, and their residents, and these vaccines are a beacon of hope.”
He added that “now, we need public health officials to ensure long term care is prioritized for a steady, ongoing allocation of vaccines for new hires and admissions, as well as current residents and staff who have since decided to get the vaccine.”