Amid a slow national rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will collect data on how many hospital workers and patients have been immunized. The agency is requesting that hospitals report weekly immunization data, which it will make public after verifying its quality, senior HHS officials told The Wall Street Journal.
Reporting is voluntary, according to officials, who did not comment on whether it would eventually become mandatory.
Hospitals are asked to disclose the total number of doses administered, as well as workers and patients who have received first or second doses. HHS officials say that tracking health care worker vaccination rates will help federal agencies ensure vaccine doses are distributed equally and anticipate PPE demand and staffing shortages.
Through the end of 2020, 2.8 million doses of the vaccine were administered, falling short of the federal government’s goal of 20 million doses.