A volunteer is injected with a vaccine while participating in a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination study at the Research Centers of America in Hollywood, Florida, United States, on September 24, 2020.
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The vaccine will be free and available to residents in all long-term care facilities, including qualified care facilities, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, nursing homes and adult family homes, the Department of Health and Human Services said in a press release.
CVS and Walgreens will plan and coordinate the clinic’s on-site appointments directly with each facility, according to the HHS. The companies anticipate three visits over two months to give residents and employees both vaccine doses, the agency said.
“Protecting the vulnerable has been the top priority of the Trump administration’s response to COVID-19, and that commitment continues by distributing a safe and effective vaccine to those who need it most, at the earliest,” said HHS Secretary Alex Azar in a statement.
Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said the deal will ensure that nursing home residents severely affected by the virus will “be on the forefront of the COVID vaccine and complete their arduous process.” as soon as possible. “
The announcement comes on the same day States must submit their draft plans To the federal government on how they will distribute a coronavirus vaccine if one is approved for public use.
However, most potential vaccines require two doses Johnson & Johnson’s requires only one shot, and some of them need to be transported and stored at different and specific temperatures.
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