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CDC: Nursing Home Residents with Booster 10 Times Less Likely to Contract COVID-19

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New Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data shows nursing home residents who have received the COVID-19 vaccination and booster were 10 times less likely to contract the disease than those who did not receive the extra shot.

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said during a White House press briefing on Dec. 15 that COVID-19 case counts are increasing among nursing home residents who are unvaccinated and those who received a primary series without a booster. Case rates among those who have received an additional or booster dose are stable and low.

"Throughout the pandemic, we have understood the urgent need to provide protection to our aging populations," she said during the briefing.  "And CDC has been actively working to equip nursing homes to best protect their residents and to encourage older Americans to get boosted.  These efforts have resulted in approximately 60 percent of eligible seniors receiving a booster already."

The CDC was expected to release the data on the COVID Data Tracker on Dec. 16.

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