Area Nursing Home Workers Lag in Vaccination Rates

WASHINGTON DC – An average of 85 percent of residents, generally the ill or elderly, who live in and are cared for at 11 local and area nursing homes have received a completed COVID-19 vaccine, according to federal statistics for the week ending Aug. 1. In contrast, an average of only 70 percent of healthcare workers employed at those nursing homes are vaccinated, the same report indicates.

The figures were made available from the data website of the federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Its somewhat surprising numbers are taking on new significance in light of President Joe Biden’s announcement Wednesday (Aug. 18, 2021) that requires vaccinations for nursing home employees. Biden suggested nursing homes that fail to enforce the mandate could lose Medicare and Medicaid funds.

It also comes at a time when the number of new coronavirus infections in Montgomery, Chester, and Berks counties, as elsewhere in the nation, are trending higher due to the dominance of the COVID-19 Delta variant. A majority of new cases are among the unvaccinated, the government added: those younger than age 12, for whom vaccines are still being tested; and adults who have not yet received a shot.

Among skilled care and assisted living homes in The Post’s coverage area (generally along the U.S. Route 422 and state Route 100 and 29 corridors), the nursing home with the highest percentage of vaccinated staff is Promedical Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation in King of Prussia, with 93.8 percent, according to CMS.

The lowest percentage was found at Kadima Rehabilitation and Nursing in South Coventry Township (with a Pottstown mailing address), at 52.5 percent. At the median, or midpoint, of the list is Pennsburg Manor in Pennsburg at 66.7 percent.

The entire state-by-state list can be downloaded from CMS. From it, The Post selected nursing homes only for locations with its coverage area, and lists them below in descending order of reported vaccinated staff percentages:

  • Promedica Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation, King Of Prussia PA, 93.8;
  • Peter Becker Community, Harleysville PA, 83.1;
  • Frederick Living – Cedarwood, Frederick PA, 80.9;
  • Manatawny Manor, Pottstown PA, 78.5;
  • Phoenix Center For Rehabilitation And Nursing, Phoenixville PA, 67.4;
  • Pennsburg Manor, Pennsburg PA, 66.7;
  • Promedica Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation, Pottstown PA, 64.5;
  • Parkhouse Rehabilitation And Nursing Center, Royersford PA, 63.9;
  • Southeastern Pennsylvania Veterans Center, Spring City PA, 62.4;
  • Sanatoga Center, Pottstown PA, 59.6; and
  • Kadima Rehabilitation & Nursing at Pottstown, Pottstown PA, 52.5.

Vaccination rates among nursing home residents themselves generally were substantially higher. The winner in that category was Frederick Living – Cedarwood where, as of Aug 1., 100 percent of all its residents had been vaccinated.

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