NHSN Data Highlights Importance of Boosters Following Primary Vaccination

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP 
Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare

The May 6, 2022 edition of CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) showcases the Effectiveness of a COVID-19 Additional Primary or Booster Vaccine Dose in Preventing SARS-CoV-2 Infection Among Nursing Home Residents During Widespread Circulation of the Omicron Variant — United States, February 14–March 27, 2022.  The 5-page PDF of the article is found here.

“Analysis of COVID-19 surveillance and vaccination data from approximately 15,000 skilled nursing facilities found that, compared with primary series vaccination only, an additional or booster dose provided greater protection (relative VE = 46.9%) against SARS-CoV-2 infection during Omicron variant predominance.  All immunocompromised nursing home residents should receive an additional primary dose, and all nursing home residents should receive a booster dose, when eligible, to protect against COVID-19.”

This is an interesting read.  Please share it with your team and colleagues. 

[Also, as a reminder: Facility staff benefit from receiving both the primary series and boosters.]