vaccine

Residents at LTC Communities Receive COVID-19 Vaccine 

Walgreens and CVS have started administering the COVID-19 vaccine to residents and care providers in long-term care communities this week. A press release from Walgreens states, “Pharmacy team members will provide COVID-19 vaccinations in approximately 800 long-term care facilities across 12 states the week of Dec. 21, including many in rural and urban medically-underserved areas. The company will continue to expand vaccinations to nearly 3 million residents and staff at 35,000 long-term care facilities.

“Walgreens is very proud to be a part of this historic milestone to begin administering Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to our most vulnerable populations,” says John Standley, president, Walgreens. 

In a similar statement from CVS, “[Our] pharmacy teams will administer the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine in facilities across 12 states this week, and the company expects to vaccinate up to four million residents and staff at over 40,000 long-term care facilities through the program.

“Todays rollout is the culmination of months of internal planning and demonstrates how the private sector can use its expertise to help solve some of our most critical challenges,” states Larry J. Merlo, President and CEO, CVS Health. “I’m grateful for the herculean efforts of everyone involved, including our healthcare professionals who will be deployed throughout the country to bring peace of mind to long-term care facility residents, staff, and their loved ones.”

CVS Health expects to complete its long-term care facility vaccination effort in approximately 12 weeks. They will administer COVID-19 vaccinations starting this week in the following states: Connecticut, Florida, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Vermont. Vaccinations will begin in 36 more states, as well as the District of Columbia, on December 28. Puerto Rico will activate on January 4.

For more information on the COVID-19 vaccination rollout, visit cdc.gov. In the meantime, follow the Pandemic Playbook and stay safe this holiday season.