Older Adults and Vaccinations - How Are We Doing?

My segment on Charlotte Today

As of mid-February, about 14% of the US population received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Among adults 65 and older, the vaccination rate is about 41%. People over 65 account for more than half (54%) of all people who have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose to date. As of 2/23, NC shows 49% of 65+ having one dose.

The real worry to me is healthcare workers and essential workers, particularly long-term care. 33 percent of essential workers and 29 percent of those who work in a health care delivery setting indicated that they would not get the vaccine. That sends the wrong example. If you’re not getting it, why should I?

You cannot completely open up our assisted living and nursing homes if those who work in them do not get vaccinated and then of course those who visit, family caregivers have to be accounted for as well. Check out the segment.