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Unvaccinated staff linked to increased nursing home COVID-19 cases, deaths

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Lagging vaccination rates among nursing home staff are being linked to a national increase in COVID-19 infections and deaths at senior facilities, and are at the center of a federal investigation in a hard-hit Colorado location where disease detectives found many workers were not inoculated.The investigation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of facilities in the Grand Junction, Colorado, area raises concerns among public health doctors that successes in protecting vulnerable elders with vaccines could be in peril as the more aggressive delta variant spreads across the country.Nationally about 59% of nursing home staff have gotten their shots, about the same as the overall percentage of fully vaccinated.

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