If the numbers are any indication, the coronavirus vaccine is having a dramatic and positive effect on the number of coronavirus cases reported in nursing homes in California.
Nursing home cases nationwide are down an astonishing 96 percent, according to a recently released report by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living. There were 1,349 cases reported in nursing homes on March 7, down from 33,540 on Dec. 20.
Through its research, the organization also found that deaths in nursing homes due to coronavirus complications were also down 91 percent during the same time period.
The reason for the decline, the report says, was the early prioritization of vaccines for nursing home residents and older Americans.
California is no exception to the trend illustrated in the American Health Care Association report.
As of Thursday, about 58.4 percent of Americans age 65 and older have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, CDC data says. Nearly 77 percent have received one dose.