Nursing facilities face challenges to get staff vaccinated – Fulton Sun

Several nursing homes have pushed back on reports that far fewer than 50 percent of their staff members have received vaccinations against COVID-19.

Some data may have been incorrectly entered into an information system offered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

However, CMS remains the best resource to find all this data in one place. And overall, less than 50 percent of staff at Missouri’s nursing homes have been vaccinated (47.7 percent), although only 42.8 percent of qualified Missourians have completed vaccinations.

Missouri ranks 48th among states in percentage of nursing home staff members who have completed vaccinations. It is 51st, if the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam are considered.

So, getting low-paid staff members to accept vaccinations remains a challenge.

Overall, local nursing facilities and the state have done a pretty good job of getting vaccinations for residents. As of Friday, several local nursing facilities, such as River City Living Community, 3038 W. Truman Blvd. (94.6 percent) and StoneBridge Villa Marie, 1030 Edmonds St. (93.8 percent) have maintained vaccination rates higher than 90 percent among residents.

Heisinger Bluffs Lutheran Home, 1002 W. Main St. (85.1 percent); StoneBridge Adams, 1024 Adams St. (89.9); and Oak Tree Villas, A StoneBridge Community, 3108 W. Truman Blvd. (88.5 percent) had maintained rates higher than 90 percent among residents just days before.

However, with turnover of residents, numbers fluctuate daily.

Local nursing facilities’ staff members remain above the state average for vaccinations. They