COVID-19

Nursing home staff and residents next in line for vaccine

Michigan will begin vaccinating these groups of people later this week.

People who live or work in nursing homes are next in line to receive their first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Those inoculations are planned to begin this week, according to the state’s Department of Health and Human Services.

There are two vaccines currently being given to people in the U.S. Due to the limited availability of both of them, doses are being rationed out to people most at risk of contracting the coronavirus. The first group of recipients have been frontline health care workers – people who regularly interact with infected patients.

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However, nursing home residents are the group hardest hit by the virus. So far, 3,261 nursing home residents in Michigan have been killed by the virus accounting for 28% of COVID-19 deaths this year.

Michigan nursing homes are home to more than 35,000 residents along with tens of thousands of staff members, so it will still take months to inoculate everyone who is eligible and healthy enough to receive the vaccines.

You can read more on MLive.

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