McKnight's September 29, 2023
Jordan Rau, KFF Health News

DALLAS CENTER, IA — “COVID is not pretty in a nursing home,” said Deb Wityk, a 70-year-old retired massage therapist who lives in one called Spurgeon Manor, in rural Iowa. She twice contracted the disease and is eager to get the newly approved vaccine because she has chronic lymphocytic leukemia, which weakens her immune system.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved the latest vaccine on Sept. 12, and the new shots became available to the general public within the past week or so. But many nursing homes will not begin inoculations until well into October or even November, though infections among this vulnerable population are rising steeply, to nearly 1%, or 9.7 per 1,000 residents, as of mid-September...

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