HHS, Drugstores in Distribution Plan for COVID Vaccine

“Early in the COVID-19 vaccination program, there may be a limited supply of vaccine. And our planning efforts need to focus on those at highest risk for developing severe illness from COVID-19, as well as on those who are critical to the response and providing direct patient care,” Jay Butler, deputy director for infectious diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), explained in an Oct. 16 media call with reporters. “The highest risk are those in long-term care facilities.”

Under the new federal initiative, called Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program, CVS and Walgreens will work directly with facilities to schedule and coordinate on-site clinic dates. (Some approved vaccines may require two shots, weeks apart.) The companies will also be responsible for managing vaccine supplies (syringes, needles, personal protective equipment, etc.), keeping the vaccine at the appropriate temperature, and reporting vaccine data to state, local and federal

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CVS, Walgreens to administer COVID-19 vaccines to U.S. nursing homes – HHS

Oct 16 (Reuters) – The U.S. government has signed agreements with pharmacy chains CVS Health Corp and Walgreens Boot Alliance to administer COVID-19 vaccines to residents of long-term care facilities whenever a safe and effective vaccine is authorized, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said on Friday.

Under the partnership, residents and staff of all long-term care facilities like nursing homes, assisted living facilities, residential care homes and adult family homes across the country can get vaccinated at no out-of-pocket cost.

Residents of long-term care facilities may be part of the prioritized groups for initial COVID-19 vaccination efforts until there are enough doses available for every American who wishes to be vaccinated, the HHS said in its statement.

U.S. public health officers have been drafting plans on how to distribute a coronavirus vaccine if and when it is authorized. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

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