According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Wednesday, seven out of 10 healthcare workers in the United States have been vaccinated against COVID-19 as of September 15.
Employees working in children’s hospitals in metropolitan and immunized counties were more likely to get vaccinated than their peers, agency officials wrote in their letter. article published in the American Journal of Infection Control.
The CDC based its findings on voluntary hospital reports to the Department of Health and Human Services. More than 2,000 institutions, or 41%, provided information on employee vaccinations in their reports.
Seventy-seven percent of employees in children’s hospitals were vaccinated, the highest among the segments of the hospital industry included in the data. For workers in other types of institutions, the rate was 70.1% in short-term emergency hospitals, 68.8% in long-term emergency hospitals and 64% in critical access hospitals.
Geography was also a factor. In metropolitan hospitals, the average vaccination rate was 71%, compared with 65.1% in rural hospitals and 63.3% in urban hospitals outside the metropolis. These results correlate with the distribution of the vaccine among the population in different regions.