Staff vaccinations climbed at some Texas nursing homes; less is known about assisted living facilities

Federal data shows an uptick in vaccinations rates at 254 facilities in Texas, all of which receive federal funding.

By Caroline CovingtonJanuary 20, 2022 10:00 am, ,

Despite uncertainty about whether the Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate would stand, many nursing homes across the state managed to increase the number of vaccinated staff members over the last few months.

Texas Standard evaluated data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, between Sept. 19 and Dec. 26, 2021, and found that the percentage of fully vaccinated staff grew at 254 nursing facilities registered with the federal agency. Texas has more than 1,200 nursing facilities in the state, hundreds of which still have staff vaccination rates below the threshold of 75% that CMS deems important.

The Texas nursing homes on CMS’s list will now be subjected to the Biden administration’s vaccinate-or-test rule after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last Thursday that the rule could stand for health care facilities receiving federal funding. The court struck down a vaccine mandate for large companies. It’s unclear what effect that could have on vaccination rates at Texas assisted living facilities, most of which don’t receive federal money.

Search the map below or hover over points to find vaccination rates, number of vaccinated staff members and change over time at a specific facility.

Above is a map of Texas with thousands of data points that can be clicked on to see information about staff vaccinations at nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
Sources: Data for staff vaccination rates at Texas nursing facilities on 9/19/21 and 12/26/21 provided by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Data for number of vaccinated staff members at nursing and assisted living facilities on 1/5/22 provided by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.
Note: In some cases there may appear to be discrepancies between vaccination rates and the number of vaccinated individuals. That is due to the different data collection methods at the state of Texas and the federal government. This analysis is meant to be a snapshot of vaccination rates and numbers at particular points in time, but  information is constantly evolving. For raw data from the state of Texas, click here. For raw data from CMS, click here.

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