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With Cases on the Rise, Illinois Launches Site to
Share Vaccination Data in Long-Term Care Facilities
SPRINGFIELD – To help ensure transparency, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)
announced today that COVID-19 vaccination data for both residents and staff in long-term care
(LTC) facilities is now available on the IDPH website at
http://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/long-term-care-facility-data. Given that LTC facilities have
experienced a significant portion of COVID-19 deaths, particularly early in pandemic, this
resource will be critical for tracking COVID-19 vaccinations for both staff and residents in
facilities across state.
“To help keep long-term care residents as safe and healthy as possible, we want to make sure residents and their loved ones know the vaccination rates where they reside so they can make the best decision on where to live, and also advocate for increased vaccination rates,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. “Some of our most vulnerable residents live in long-term care facilities and in order to better protect them, COVID-19 vaccination rates in many facilities, especially among staff, need to increase. The vaccine is the primary way to get to the other side of this pandemic. We need to continue to reduce spread of the virus by wearing a mask and getting as many residents and staff vaccinated as soon as possible.”
The new site will display an interactive map where the user can choose to view either the
percentage of staff or percentage of residents who have been vaccinated. The site will also show
weekly confirmed cases, total confirmed cases, weekly COVID-19 deaths, total COVID-19
deaths, and vaccination rates.
The data is derived from the Nursing Home COVID-19 Public File, a federal resource that
includes data reported by nursing homes to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s
(CDC’s) National Healthcare Safety Network Long Term Care Facility COVID-19 Module:
Surveillance Reporting Pathways and COVID-19 Vaccinations. Nursing homes are required to
report vaccinations of residents and staff to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. More
information about these guidelines can be found in the Vaccination Immunization Requirements
As part of the Pritzker administration’s commitment to protecting LTC facility residents and
staff, IDPH will report the most up to date information that is currently provided. While local
health departments and LTC facilities continue to have the most up-to-date data, the information
on the IDPH site is provisional and will be updated on a weekly basis.
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