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April 22, 2021

CDC Publishes Two Reports on Post-Vaccination COVID-19 Outbreaks in Skilled Nursing Facilities

On April 21, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published two reports analyzing COVID-19 outbreaks in skilled nursing facilities among vaccinated individuals.

The first report analyzed the instances of SARS-CoV-2 infections among fully vaccinated persons in skilled nursing facilities at least 14 days after receiving a second dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Residents of skilled nursing facilities are disproportionately affected by COVID-19. Of the population sampled, 22 infections occurred among fully vaccinated persons at least 14 days after receiving their second dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Two thirds were asymptomatic, a minority experienced mild to moderate symptoms, two individuals were hospitalized, and one death occurred.

Most fully vaccinated persons were not infected, did not have COVID-19-like symptoms, and did not experience severe illness. However, no COVID-19 vaccine is 100% effective. In addition to maintaining high vaccination coverage among residents and staff members, the report recommends that skilled nursing facilities continue to follow recommended infection prevention and controlled practices. Click here for more details.

The second report analyzed the outbreak of an emerging variant of COVID-19 at a Kentucky skilled nursing facility. The study found that unvaccinated residents and health care personnel had 3.0 and 4.1 times the risk of infection as vaccinated residents and health care personnel. Additionally, the vaccine was 86.5% protective against symptomatic illness among residents and 87.1% protective among health care professionals. Click here for more details.

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