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MedPage Today: Struggling to Vaccinate New York’s Home Care Workers

Weeks into January, 85% of home care and hospice agencies reported that 10% or less of their staff had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, the Home Care Association of New York State told MedPage Today.

“We had the week of January 4 where home care was explicitly identified [for priority vaccination] and that was something that was a challenge in the beginning — we so appreciated being included,” said Roger Noyes, director of communications for the association. “However, by the end of the week, due to federal guidelines, the state opened up priority 1B. That brought in 3 million New Yorkers newly eligible outside the healthcare space.”