Over 30,000 home health care workers have missed a Thursday deadline to receive at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, The New York Times reported, citing preliminary data.
The preliminary data from New York’s Department of Health, which came from a department survey conducted on Thursday and released on Friday, shows at least 34,000 workers have not yet received one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
However, the information collected showed that a higher percentage of home health care workers were vaccinated than industry leaders expected, according to the Times.
Seventy percent of home health care workers were expected to be vaccinated by Thursday, but the data indicated that 86 percent of New York’s licensed home health agency employees had gotten at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by the deadline. Seventy-one percent were fully vaccinated, the Times noted.
Comparatively, over 90 percent of nursing home employees and hospital staff had been at least partially vaccinated by their Sept. 27 deadline, according to the newspaper.
The Times noted there are at least 250,000 workers in the Empire State. The department survey gained responses from home health care agencies that have roughly 245,000 employees.
The vaccine requirement is applicable to the 1,500 home health agencies that are licensed in New York.
Despite the promising numbers, missing the deadline means that those who remain unvaccinated will not be able to work. The news comes as concerns grow about how a shortage in home health workers could negatively impact who receives care, the Times reported.