Although the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine has been slow so far in the community, the effects of the inoculations already appear to be having a local impact on the spread of the virus.
In the two months since frontline healthcare workers began receiving the vaccine, UnityPoint Health-Cedar Rapids officials said they saw a reduction in the number of new cases among their staff.
Health system officials say data they collected shows a clear difference in infection rates between vaccinated and unvaccinated team members as early as two weeks after the first doses were given to health workers.
By the third and fourth weeks, infections “reached an almost zero rate of increase” among vaccinated staff, officials said.
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