BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The unrelenting increases in coronavirus infections and hospitalizations in Spain following the holiday season are once again straining hospitals and increasingly threatening the mental health of workers. For nearly a year now, doctors and nurses have been fighting the pandemic with little time to rest. A study released last week found that nearly half of health care workers in Spain were at high risk of suffering from mental health disorders after the peak in April. Experts say the intensity and duration of the pandemic will only worsen health problems like depression and anxiety in already exhausted medical staff. One doctor says society must take care of its medical staff so they can care for those who most need help.
Only a little more than a third of nursing home workers have been getting shots against COVID-19 when the vaccinations are first offered. That’s according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report Monday. It’s a national accounting of a problem that’s been noted anecdotally — many nursing home workers are not getting vaccinated. The CDC looked at more than 11,000 nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities that had at least one vaccination clinic between the middle of December and the middle of January. A CDC expert says more staffers do get vaccinated when a second or third clinic is held at a nursing home.