February 05, 2021

The Long Awaited COVID-19 Vaccine - Are Long-Term Care Facilities Receiving The Priorities Promised And Other Issues Affecting The Rollout of Vaccinations of The Most Vulnerable?

Most nursing home residents and caregivers according to those reports who elected to receive the COVID-19 vaccine received their first shot by January 25, and met the general target goals the major pharmacies reported as a result of the successful launch of the Pharmacy Partnership Program for Long-Term Care Facilities. Approximately 2.4 million skilled nursing facility residents and staff have received the vaccine as a result of the partnership created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for Long-Term Care Facilities and major pharmacies like CVS and Walgreens. It appears the goal was mostly achieved as a result of the streamlined process which allowed for these facilities to receive management of the vaccination process including on-site vaccinations, fulfillment, reporting requirements, staff and family member vaccinations being done along with cold chain management. As a result of these efforts, according to the CDC’s website, over 2.7 million Long-Term Care Facility residents have been vaccinated as of January 27.