HealthDay News — A considerable proportion of hospital-based health care personnel (HCP) remain unvaccinated against COVID-19, according to a study published online November 17 in the American Journal of Infection Control.

Hannah M. Reses, MPH, from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 Response Team, and colleagues analyzed data on COVID-19 vaccination among hospital-based HCP reported to the US Department of Health and Human Services Unified Hospital Data Surveillance System.

The researchers found that among 3,357,348 HCP from 2086 hospitals included in the analysis, reported COVID-19 vaccine coverage was 36.1% in January 2021, increased to 60.2% in April 2021, then slowed, reaching 66.7% as of August 25, 2021. As of September 15, 2021, 70.0% of HCP were fully vaccinated. Vaccination coverage was highest among HCP in children’s hospitals, followed by those in short-term acute care hospitals, long-term acute care hospitals, and critical access hospitals (77.0, 70.1, 68.8, and 64.0%, respectively). COVID-19 vaccination coverage was higher among HCP working in facilities located in metropolitan areas, followed by those working in facilities located in rural counties and in nonmetropolitan urban counties (71.0, 65.1, and 63.3%, respectively).

“Our analysis revealed that vaccine coverage among US hospital-based HCP stalled significantly after initial uptake,” Reses said in a statement. “Additional efforts are needed now to improve HCP vaccine coverage and reduce the risk of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 transmission to patients and other hospital staff.”

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