San Francisco Chronicle

Dems seek data on vaccinatio­ns


Senior Democratic senators are pressing Medicare to make nursing home vaccine rates accessible for consumers.

Although the Biden administra­tion is requiring vaccinatio­n for all nursing home staff, Sens. Ron Wyden of Oregon and Bob Casey of Pennsylvan­ia say it could take months. They’re asking Medicare to post vaccinatio­n rates among residents and staff of individual nursing homes on its “Care Compare” website, a familiar site for consumers.

“These data reside on entirely separate (government) websites,” the senators wrote Medicare head Chiquita Brooks-LaSure on Friday. “Even if a person could find these websites, the vaccinatio­n data for individual facilities are not prominentl­y displayed, creating additional barriers.”

Medicare officials say they’re working on the issue.

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