ERIE COUNTY, N.Y. (WKBW) — The COVID-19 vaccine and nursing houses: Governor Andrew Cuomo says it can be a essential mixture.

“100% of nursing residences facilities have had their working day a single first vaccination. That is terrific information,” Governor Cuomo mentioned.

But that does not indicate 100% of nursing household citizens and staff have obtained the vaccine.

According to Governor Cuomo, 13% of inhabitants and 21% of staff members have declined to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Statewide, 16% of residents declined, and 32% of workers explained no to the vaccine.

“There are clients as nicely as workers who have declined the vaccine. They have the right to do that,” Erie County Government Mark Poloncarz stated.

71% of Western New York nursing household residents have been vaccinated. That compares to 67% statewide. 41% of nursing dwelling staff in Western New York have taken the shot. Statewide, 37% of staff have been inoculated.

While some nursing residence employees and citizens have been vaccinated, constructive fees in distinct nursing houses keep on being high.

For the week ending January 16th, Schofield Residence in the City of Tonawanda had a 13.3% optimistic rate. For the 7 days ending January 12th, Safire Rehabilitation of Southtowns had almost a 27% constructive price.

All those premiums are why County Executive Poloncarz explained it is really essential nursing dwelling residents and employees are vaccinated.

“If we do not get to a sure percentage, we will have a challenging time dealing with this simply because we will continue to have men and women who are ill. We will under no circumstances get to read immunity,” Poloncarz claimed.

A agent from New York’s Division of Health and fitness provided the following statement:
“As the Governor and Overall health Commissioner have explained, we are conducting outreach in communities throughout New York Condition to enable dispel vaccine hesitancy and will proceed to encourage vaccine self-confidence to assure the maximum vaccination charge feasible. It is essential that the public realize the information: the COVID-19 vaccine is risk-free and successful it cannot give you COVID-19, the vaccine’s aspect results are typically small and an indicator that it is functioning and the vaccine is absolutely free. We are advertising and marketing this messaging through a selection of platforms, like PSAs, the Vaccine Fairness Job Pressure and conferences with the condition legislature and county executives, doing the job to help empower the group to support distribute the term.”

The governor explained additional than 225,000 doses have been reserved for extended phrase treatment amenities. 105,000 doses have been given out, leaving much more than 120,000 unused. Governor Cuomo reported they won’t go to squander.

“We’re heading to reallocate all those that are unused in the lengthy term care facility plan to the condition system,” Governor Cuomo claimed.

Governor Cuomo claimed if any nursing home resident or staffer who to begin with declined the COVID-19 vaccine modifications their minds, vaccines will be available.