What was once a deluge of health care workers who caught the coronavirus in Los Angeles County has now slowed to a trickle, in large part because the vast majority of them were vaccinated. local health officials said. Reports of new virus cases among health workers in the county have fallen 94 percent since late November, just before vaccination began.

The statistics are encouraging both in Los Angeles County and across the country. Something Health workers first expressed Reluctance to get a Covid-19 vaccine Shot, often off Fear for the safety of vaccines that have been put into service under emergency approvals from the Food and Drug Administration.

Of particular concern were nursing home and long-term care workers who were hot spots during the pandemic: at one point, these workers accounted for a quarter of all health care workers in Los Angeles County.

According to the district, 69 percent of the health care workers were in these facilities – 78 percent of them Nursing homes and long-term care workers – had received at least one vaccine.

The results were strong: 434 new virus cases were reported among nurses in the county in the week of November 29, but there were 10 cases in the week of February 14. according to district data.

The same has happened to the county’s health care workers in general: In the week of February 14, new cases fell to 69, up from 1,800 in the week of November 29, the county said.

“High vaccination rates correlate with the lowest cases and deaths among healthcare workers in nursing homes,” the county health department wrote in a statement Monday, “and we are grateful to everyone who was vaccinated and the teams that coordinated vaccinations at each location. “

The entire district made great strides in the same period, with new cases falling by 71 percent overall. But still the risk of getting the virus there stays high.

ON current survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation found Los Angeles County is ahead of most of the country when it comes to vaccinating health care workers. The nationwide survey, performed between February 15th and February 23rdfound that 54 percent of healthcare workers had received at least one dose of vaccine by then, and 10 percent more said they wanted a shot as soon as possible. About 15 percent said they “definitely won’t” get the vaccine.