Home Nursing home Salem nursing home immunization data reveals ‘wide range’

Salem nursing home immunization data reveals ‘wide range’

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In each of the 11 nursing homes in the Salem area, at least half of their workers have been fully immunized by August 8, according to federal data.

But there is a wide range between facilities in which health workers have received their vaccines. A few homes – Dallas Retirement Village Health Center and Avamere Court in Keizer – barely go halfway. Other facilities have about 80% of health workers fully immunized, according to data released by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

In recent weeks, there has been more emphasis on vaccination as people sick with the delta variant of COVID-19 fill hospitals. The wave has also raised the stakes of efforts to vaccinate caregivers. The delta variant largely attacks the unvaccinated, but also poses a risk to vulnerable people with weaker immune systems, such as people living in nursing homes.

A graphic from the CDC demonstrating how the delta variant spreads more easily than previous versions of the new coronavirus.

President Joe Biden announced last week that his administration would effectively require nursing home workers to be immunized by tying federal funding through Medicare and Medicaid to immunization in these settings.

Nursing homes are only one type of long-term care facility and are regulated by the federal government. There are other types of long-term care facilities, such as assisted living and residential care, which are regulated by the state.

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Éclosions, taux de vaccination dans les établissements de soins de longue durée

Au mercredi 18 août, il y avait 72 éclosions actives dans les établissements de soins de longue durée de l’Oregon. Six cent soixante-six cas et 24 décès sont associés à ces épidémies.

Le gouverneur Kate Brown a annoncé jeudi que les prestataires de soins de santé agréés par l’Oregon, y compris les travailleurs des établissements de soins de longue durée, doivent être entièrement vaccinés contre le COVID-19 d’ici le 18 octobre ou six semaines après l’approbation de la Food and Drug Administration – selon la dernière éventualité.

Dans neuf des 11 maisons de soins infirmiers des comtés de Marion et de Polk, le taux de vaccination parmi les agents de santé de chaque établissement est plus élevé que celui de l’ensemble de la population du comté dans lequel se trouve l’établissement. Dans le comté de Marion, 61 % des résidents sont entièrement vaccinés. , et dans le comté de Polk, 65% des résidents le sont.

Parmi les maisons de soins infirmiers des comtés de Marion et de Polk, l’établissement avec le taux le plus élevé d’agents de santé vaccinés est Marquis Marian Estates à Sublimity, où environ 84% des agents de santé sont vaccinés, selon les données fédérales.

Les sociétés Marquis ont commencé à proposer des vaccins sur place aux travailleurs en décembre 2020, a déclaré la porte-parole Jenna Cooper dans un e-mail au Statesman Journal.

Cooper a souligné une communication « précoce et proactive » sur le vaccin et des efforts pour éduquer le personnel sur l’efficacité et l’innocuité du vaccin. La société possède également Consonus Pharmacy, qui a été approuvée pour fournir le vaccin, et qui a permis à la société de fournir « en toute transparence » le vaccin aux travailleurs, a déclaré Cooper.

« La direction de Marquis a communiqué l’efficacité et l’innocuité scientifiquement fondées du vaccin COVID-19 au personnel, aux résidents et à leurs familles de manière cohérente et transparente », a déclaré Cooper.

Cooper a déclaré que Marquis Companies soutenait les efforts de l’administration Biden pour imposer des vaccins aux travailleurs des maisons de soins infirmiers et qu’elle continuait à “former (son) personnel avec des informations scientifiques”.

Le Statesman Journal a appelé les 11 établissements des comtés de Marion et de Polk dans les données fédérales, mais certains ont déclaré qu’aucun administrateur n’était disponible ce jour-là et la plupart des autres n’ont pas renvoyé de messages sollicitant des commentaires.

Percentage of workers vaccinated in Oregon nursing homes varies

Of the two counties, the facility with the lowest vaccination rate among workers is the Dallas Retirement Village Health Center in Polk County, with 51.5% of healthcare workers fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The facility with the second lowest rate in the two counties is Avamere Court in Keizer, where just under 55% of health workers are fully immunized.

Right in the middle of the Salem area is the Independence Health and Rehabilitation Center, where 71% of health workers are vaccinated, according to federal data.

Across the state, there is even greater variation in immunization among nursing home workers. Some facilities in the Portland area have immunized almost all of their health workers. At the bottom of the scale, 12 of Oregon’s 130 or so nursing homes reported that less than half of their healthcare workers had been fully immunized.

Here is what proportion of workers were fully immunized in each nursing home in Marion and Polk counties as of August 8, 2021, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services:

  • Providence Benedictine Nursing Center: 75%
  • French Prairies Nursing and Rehabilitation Center: 82%
  • Independence Health and Rehabilitation Center: 71%
  • Avamere Transitional Care in Sunnyside: 76%
  • Dallas Retirement Village Health Center: 52%
  • Windsor Health and Rehabilitation Center: 67%
  • Cour d’Avamère in Keizer: 55%
  • Salem Transitional Care: 66%
  • Domains Marquis Marian: 84%
  • Les Chênes at Sherwood Park: 78%
  • Tierra Rose Care Center: 69%

More information on vaccines

COVID-19 vaccines are free and widely available in Oregon. You can visit covidvaccine.oregon.gov/ to find a place near you to get the vaccine.

If you want to learn more about the vaccine, how it works, and how scientists have studied its safety, you can visit cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/safety/safety-of-vaccines.html, or talk to your doctor.

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Claire Withycombe is a reporter for the Statesman Journal. Contact her at cwithycombe@statesmanjournal.com, 503-910-3821 or follow on Twitter @kcwithycombe.

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