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22 Nov, 5 tweets, 3 min read
1/ Nearly a third of hospital-based healthcare workers in the US haven’t been vaccinated against covid-19, according to an analysis by the CDC.
2/ Hospitals near or in cities with less than 50,000 people had the lowest vaccination rates (63%), while those in larger metropolitan areas had the highest (71%). Rural hospitals had vaccination rates of 65%.
3/ Vaccination rates were the lowest among healthcare workers in critical access hospitals, which are rural hospitals supported by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid that operate in areas that would otherwise not have access to healthcare.
4/ Researchers found that progress plateaued after a rapid increase in the early months of vaccination. By April, more than 60% of healthcare staff in hospitals had been vaccinated, with rates increasing only marginally in the remaining months.
5/ Out of more than 5,000 facilities that are part of the Health and Human Services data collection, less than 2,500 reported data on covid-19 vaccination among healthcare practitioners. Read more: qz.com/2093173/30-per…

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