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May Nast arrives for dinner at RiverWalk, an independent senior housing facility, in New York, April 1, 2021. COVID-19 infections are soaring again at U.S. nursing homes because of the omicron wave, and deaths are climbing too. That's leading to new restrictions on family visits and a renewed push to get more residents and staff members vaccinated and boosted. Seth Wenig/AP hide caption

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A federal program administered nearly 8 million COVID vaccine doses in nursing homes, reaching the majority of residents. But many staff members chose not to get the shot. Pete Bannan/MediaNews Group/Daily Times via Getty Images hide caption

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks to reporters during a news conference at a COVID-19 pop-up vaccination site in Brooklyn on Jan. 23. Cuomo has defended the state's reporting of nursing home deaths. Mary Altaffer/AP hide caption

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Families of COVID-19 victims who died in New York nursing homes gather in front of the Cobble Hill Heath Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York City in October. A report issued Thursday by New York's state attorney general says health officials undercounted nursing home deaths by as much as 50%. Yuki Iwamura/AP hide caption

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