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Dr. Gregory Poland of the Mayo Clinic and immunogenetic expert suggests nursing homes need better training and practices.

USA TODAY

Americans living or working in long-term care facilities, including nursing homes and assisted care living centers, will receive COVID-19 vaccinations for free if and when they become available, the Trump administration said Friday.

The administration announced a partnership with the nation’s two largest drug store chains, CVS and Walgreens, “to provide and administer” the vaccines with “no out-of-pocket costs” for the recipients. The drug store chains released separate statements confirming their participation in the program.

Dozens of COVID-19 vaccines candidates are in the works, including several that could be within months of receiving emergency authorization from the likes of drug companies Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.

Calling the deal the “Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program,” the Trump administration said residents of long-term care facilities “may be part