The Checkup With Dr. Wen: How a South Dakota nursing home vaccinated almost all of its residents

Posted on AllSides December 7th, 2023
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My column this week looked at the abysmally low rate of coronavirus booster uptake among nursing home residents, who are extremely vulnerable to covid-19. But North and South Dakota are two bright spots, having vaccinated 55 and nearly 57 percent of their nursing home populations, respectively. As I wrote, these two states prioritized the partnership between pharmacies and long-term care facilities, seeking to problem-solve one facility at a time. To understand how it reached this unusually high vaccination coverage, I interviewed the facility’s medical director, Daniel Heinemann. Heinemann is a...

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