CHICAGO (CBS) — We first advised you about Alan Matthews – a longtime resident of the Landmark Nursing House in Richton Park – two weeks in the past.
His cousin got here to us after discovering out he was months overdue for his second COVID-19 vaccine dose. And CBS 2 Political Investigator Dana Kozlov discovered Matthews is probably going not the one one – as a result of nobody is basically protecting observe.
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“I don’t know in the event that they dropped the ball or they’re simply negligent,” Matthews’ cousin, Cheryl Bellamy-Bonner, stated in our report on Tuesday, June 13. “I don’t know if he’s the one affected person, or one among many sufferers that haven’t gotten their second shot.”
That was Bellamy-Bonner’s concern after a letter got here in from the Illinois Division of Public Well being flagged her that Matthews had solely gotten one COVID vaccine shot.
It made Kozlov marvel what number of extra folks may be in Matthews’ very state of affairs.
“I consider that your case might be not an remoted case,” stated infectious illness specialist Dr. Alexander Stemer.
Stemer is the medical director for a gaggle of Symphony nursing houses in Indiana. He stated one downside is nursing houses shouldn’t have entry to new sufferers’ vaccination knowledge.
However we discovered nobody is monitoring nursing house vaccinations both. The nursing houses are anticipated to do it themselves – by offering that data to the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention each week.
Based on the CDC web site, 31 p.c – virtually a 3rd – of Illinois nursing houses will not be doing that.
“I can’t communicate to why a few of these services don’t have it up now,” stated Chicago Division of Public Well being Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike.
Ezike stopped wanting criticizing the noncompliant services, however added that the IDPH will quickly launch a hyperlink itemizing vaccination charges by particular houses.
“In order that, you already know, if the vaccination charge seems to be a little bit bit low, you already know, you may double-check – did my liked one get each vaccines?” she stated.
“It eats away at me,” stated the AARP’s Al Hollenbech. “We are able to do higher.”
Hollenbech stated the Delta variant raises the stakes much more for such weak residents – including the low employees vaccination charges and flatlined vaccinations throughout the board solely add to the menace.
“By way of who’s accountable for that, it’s the county well being departments and the state division of well being,” Hollenbech stated.
“The query is, are you able to mandate vaccines?” added Stemer.
That dialog is rising. Greater than 1,000 federal VA well being care staff now must be vaccinated, and personal well being care programs are additionally now mandating them. Gov. JB Pritzker stated he’s reviewing choices.