New website displays immunization rates at area seniors’ facilities

State officials recently published a new website showing the percentage of residents and staff vaccinated in Medicare and Medicaid-certified long-term care facilities in Illinois.

But vaccination figures from some Medicare and Medicaid-certified facilities are missing, and existing data shows vaccination rates among staff at Oak Park facilities vary widely – from a low of 26% of staff at one facility to one. maximum of 85% in another. .

Officials from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), which administers the online database and is one of several agencies responsible for regulating long-term care facilities in the state, informed the public of the COVID-19 database on August 4.

As of August 9, the most recent data was available through July 25, IDPH officials said.

Oak Park has five long-term care facilities regulated by the IDPH. These facilities are required to report residents and staff immunizations to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), where the IDPH data comes from.

Among the five local facilities, data for Belmont Village Oak Park, 1035 Madison St., and Rush Oak Park Hospital, 520 S. Maple Ave., are missing from the database.

Meanwhile, the vaccination rate among the three Oak Park facilities that had information in the database was highest at West Suburban Medical Center, located at 2 Erie Court, where 100% of residents were vaccinated. and 85% of staff have been vaccinated, according to the IDPH Database.

According to information in a state report on regulated long-term care facilities found on the IDPH website, West Suburban has 50 long-term care beds.

The vaccination rate for staff at the 72-bed Berkeley Nursing and Rehab Center, 6909 W. North Ave., was 53%, while the resident vaccination rate was 69%.

In the 204-bed Oasis Oak Park, 625 N. Harlem Ave., 94% of residents have been vaccinated while only 26% of staff have been vaccinated.

The local disparity between the vaccinations of residents and those of staff reflects a national pattern. According to data available through the CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network’s COVID-19 long-term care facility module, 82% of residents of regulated long-term care facilities in the United States are vaccinated while 60% of these establishments are vaccinated.

A CMS spokesperson did not respond to questions on Tuesday morning about why vaccine data from some facilities was missing from the site. Monday’s attempts to contact representatives for Belmont Village and Rush Oak Park were unsuccessful.

The new IDPH data website features an interactive map where users can view vaccination percentages for staff and residents. They can also view weekly confirmed cases, total number of confirmed cases and weekly COVID-19 deaths on the site, among other features.

“To help keep long-term care residents as safe and healthy as possible, we want to make sure residents and their loved ones know the immunization rates where they reside so they can make the best decision on what to do next. ‘place to live, and also advocate for increased vaccination rates,’ said IDPH director Dr Ngozi Ezike.

“Some of our most vulnerable residents are living in long-term care facilities and in order to better protect them, COVID-19 vaccination rates in many facilities, especially among staff, need to increase,” a- she added.

“The vaccine is the main way to get to the other side of this pandemic. We must continue to reduce the spread of the virus by wearing a mask and vaccinating as many residents and staff as possible. “

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