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Vaccination rates for nursing homes vary across the Stateline

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – Nursing homes are caring for the population most vulnerable to coronavirus, but vaccination rates at some Stateline facilities still do not exceed 25%.

“Our primary focus was at the very least to keep COVID away from our residents,” said Helen Dittmer, vice president of Wesley Willows Senior Living Home, responsible for resident engagement.

It’s hard to believe, but Wesley Willows Senior Living Home in Rockford hasn’t had a single case of COVID-19 among his assisted living residents, and a single one in an independent life.

“We did it diligently, wearing the mask, screening our residents and screening our staff,” Dittmer said. “Make sure that visitors who are here have been screened and potentially vaccinated. “

Dittmer said vaccination is not mandatory, but 86 percent of staff, 100 percent of assisted living residents and 98 percent of independent residents are fully immunized.

“It was an overwhelming response,” Dittmer said.

It’s a whole different story for a Stephenson County facility. Currently, 25 percent of staff and 63 percent of residents at Pearl Pavilion are vaccinated. There have been 50 cases of COVID-19 in total there and one resident death.

“It’s disappointing to see a place 25 percent vaccinated,” said Craig Bientema, Stephenson County Public Health Administrator. “It’s just not being responsible.”

Dr Bientema said that while it is good that residents’ vaccination rates are on the rise, it is not enough.

“I would like the staff to be much higher,” Bientema said. “I would love to see all nursing home residents 100 percent or at least above 90 vaccinated.”

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