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As Covid Infections Spread, Nursing Homes Lag Behind on the Rollout for Booster Shots
Nov 27, 2021 | The NY Times
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A Connecticut nursing home had planned to roll out Covid booster shots to residents at the beginning of this month.

But before it could start the program, the coronavirus swept through the home, the Geer Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in North Canaan, infecting 89 people, including 67 residents. Nearly all were fully vaccinated.

Eight of the residents died from Covid, according to the home, which described all as having “serious underlying health issues.”

The severity of the outbreak helped spur Connecticut officials to announce recently that the state would set up booster clinics at all of its nursing homes, to cover those facilities that had yet to administer additional doses.

Several states are experiencing new surges in Covid cases, especially in the Midwest and the Northeast. And fresh outbreaks have been reported this month at nursing homes in Vermont, Virginia and elsewhere despite a monthslong vaccination rate nationwide of about 86 percent among residents in skilled nursing facilities.

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