Workforce COVID-19 vaccination rates among 8 top US hospitals

How many healthcare workers have actually received vaccines since the vaccine rollout began in December?

To get a clearer picture on workforce vaccinations efforts at leading hospitals, Becker's reached out to hospitals on the 2020-21 Best Hospitals Honor Roll by U.S. News & World Report.

Below, eight hospitals provided a working average of the COVID-19 vaccination rate for staff. 

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (Los Angeles): Of 11,100 eligible healthcare workers, 84 percent have received at least the first vaccine dose as of Feb. 13.

Houston Methodist: Eighty percent of employees at Houston Methodist have received at least one vaccine dose or are scheduled to, as of Feb. 11. 

Mayo Clinic: Of 72,000 employees nationwide, 63.3 percent (45,720) Mayo Clinic staff have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 57.9 percent (41,763) have received a second dose, as of midnight Feb. 18.

As of Feb. 18, 35,809 of 55,000 Mayo Clinic staff members in the Midwest have received the first dose, while 32,800 have received both. Midwest locations are based in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa.  

As of Feb. 18, 5,585 of 8,436 Mayo Clinic staff in Arizona have received the first dose and 4,945 have received the second dose.  

As of Feb. 18, 4,326 of 7,930 Mayo Clinic staff in Florida have received the first dose and 4,018 have received the second.  

The vaccine has not yet been offered to all staff members and is not mandated, so the health system does not have a reliable opt-in/opt-out rate.

Mayo is organized to vaccinate up to 50,000 people a week at its Rochester, Minn., location alone once there is an adequate supply of resources. 

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia and Cornell (New York City): About 81 percent of eligible staff have been vaccinated as of Feb. 17.

NewYork-Presbyterian took a wide approach to reach out to eligible staff, with both central vaccination sites and pop-up locations near targeted units. At times, the system ran vaccination campaigns 24/7 to capture staff on all shifts and at any time they were available. Staff are also provided with ongoing education and communication on the importance of getting vaccinated, and team members receiving the COVID-19 vaccines are invited to participate in the #IGotTheShot social media campaign. 

NYU Langone Hospitals (New York City): The average rate for staff who have received the first vaccine dose is 84.5 percent as of Feb. 11. 

Rush University Medical Center (Chicago): Eighty-one percent of front-line staff are fully vaccinated, while 75 percent of all employees across the organization are fully vaccinated, as of Feb. 11. 

Stanford (Calif.) Health Care: Stanford Medicine's Occupational Health Services serves about 30,000 members. Of those, 22,700 members (76 percent) have received at least one vaccine as of Feb. 12. The data includes Stanford Health Care, Stanford Health Care-Valley Care, Stanford Children's Health and University Healthcare Alliance.  

University of California, Los Angeles: As of Feb. 16, about 72 percent of UCLA Health's employees have received or are scheduled to receive a vaccination. The current rate is higher among employees with regular patient contact, such as medical residents (97 percent), nurses in the emergency department and COVID-19 units (80 percent), and all nurses (77 percent). 

For employees who have not responded to scheduling invitations, UCLA Health is reaching out to confirm receipt and offering time to make an informed decision. Each day last week, the health system administered between 500 and 700 vaccinations to employees.

In total, 20,863 (plus 327 scheduled) of 29,466 employees have received their first vaccine dose, while 16,736 of 29,466 employees have received both doses. 

Becker's reached out to but did not receive a response from the other Honor Roll hospitals. Updates will be made as new information is made available.


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