Nearly a third of healthcare workers in US hospitals are still not vaccinated against COVID-19, according to Research As tensions mount, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) — and contested — nationwide mandates that officials worry the sector will be left with a shortage of critical workers.
As of September 15, 70% of healthcare workers were fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to a CDC study of more than 3 million personnel in more than 2,000 US hospitals published in the United States. American Journal of Infection Control.
The researchers found that rates varied depending on the type of hospital, with the highest vaccination rates found in children’s hospitals, where 77% of workers had both doses.
The researchers found that critical access hospitals had the lowest vaccination rates, with 64% of workers fully vaccinated.
Vaccination rates also vary by location, with health workers in metropolitan counties (71%) having higher vaccination rates than rural counties (65%).
That changed dramatically over time, the researchers found, a 36 percent to 60 percent jump in the four months between January and April—a 24-point jump—but took five months to reach 70% by September.
Half (5%) of that jump in vaccination occurred in the month between August and September, with some authors saying the delta may be due to the spread of the coronavirus variant or mandate in some jurisdictions.