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Only 6% of Arizona nursing home residents are up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccines

Coverage of aging is supported in part by AARP Arizona

According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, only 6% of residents in Arizona nursing homes are up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccines. For staff, that figure is even lower. Just over 1% received the latest booster or the bivalent shot in the past two months. 

"I wish that I could say that I was surprised. But I'm actually not," said Dana Marie Kennedy with AARP Arizona. "I mean, Arizona has often trended at the bottom of getting people vaccinated and boosted, especially in our long term care facilities."

Kennedy says access to the vaccines and COVID-19 fatigue are factors. Staff at nursing homes are not required to get the shot.

This data does not include the state’s nearly 3,000 assisted living facilities. 

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Senior field correspondent Kathy Ritchie has 20 years of experience reporting and writing stories for national and local media outlets — nearly a decade of it has been spent in public media.