Ohio leading the pack in long-term care COVID vaccinations

Written on Feb 16, 2021

Ohio is out in front when it comes to getting the COVID-19 vaccine into long-term care facilities.

According to Feb. 14 data, Ohio has administered the fifth-highest number of doses nationally through the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program.

COVID cases in the state's nursing homes have fallen more than 77% since November, which the governor said is a testament to the state's aggressive vaccination efforts in long-term care facilities.

This week, the American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living called on the CDC to evaluate the effectiveness of the vaccine among long-term care populations, which were not included in clinical trials. The information will be as considerations are made about loosening restrictions inside facilities including quarantining newly admitted people, visitation by family members, testing and now much PPE needs to be worn.

Ohio has administered nearly 316,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses in long-term care facilities, and more than 95,000 residents and workers have received a second dose.