West Virginia is well on its way to getting Covid-19 vaccines in all long-term care facilities by the end of this year, according to the Republican government. Jim Justice said CNBC on Tuesday.
This would be a major milestone in West Virginia’s efforts to mitigate the effects of West Virginia Coronavirus. Despite less than a 6% share of the state’s coronavirus cases, nursing homes and assisted living facilities are represented about 31% of all Covid-19 deaths in West VirginiaAccording to data from the COVID Tracking Project, which is run by journalists in the Atlantic. The figures are based on the latest available data for the past week.
West Virginia began administering shots at its long-term care facilities last week after the Food and Drug Administration granted limited approval Pfizer and BioNTechCovid-19 vaccine. The state has since then Cans received of ModernaVaccine after it was approved for emergency use on Friday.
Last week, West Virginia administered approximately 8,100 doses of Pfizer BioNTech at 71 of its 214 long-term care facilities, according to Maj. Holli Nelson, a spokesman for the West Virginia National Guard. On average, about 80% of people in a facility wanted to be vaccinated, she told CNBC. Vaccinations are running this week for employees and residents of the remaining long-term care facilities, Nelson said.
In an interview on “Squawk on the Street” According to Justice, West Virginia was able to start its vaccinations in nursing homes earlier than many parts of the country because it relied on local pharmacies.
“Our great National Guard and all of our health officials came up with the idea of basically recruiting all local pharmacies,” Justice said. He added that West Virginia may have given its first dose of vaccine in its long-term care facilities “before many states start”. Both the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines require two injections a few weeks apart.
Jim Justice, Governor of West Virginia.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have partnered with them Walgreens, CVS and choose others Pharmacy chains Give Covid-19 vaccines in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. CVS and Walgreens started recording Some facilities Fridaybefore a broader rollout in the US begins this week.
More than 40,000 long-term care facilities have chosen CVS to deliver vaccinations through on-site clinics. CNBC previously reported. Walgreens will provide vaccinations in approximately 35,000 long-term care facilities.
Healthcare workers and residents of long-term care facilities were given priority by each state in their initial vaccine allocation plans. In West Virginia, in developing his own distribution plans, Justice “stated that his priority is to vaccinate residents and long-term care workers immediately,” West Virginia National Guard Maj. Gen. James Hoyer said in an email statement to CNBC last week .
“In our discussions, we opted for a slightly different approach than the plans used nationwide, as around 53-54% of our state’s pharmacies are not linked to the chain,” says Hoyer.
Long-term care facilities in the US are particularly hard hit by Covid-19 outbreaks. As the country’s epidemic worsened that fall, the facilities were again there was an increase in cases and deaths. For this reason, the introduction of a vaccine comes at a critical time.
West Virginia is one of ten states where coronavirus cases are increasing on average by seven days, according to a CNBC analysis of data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. Hospital admissions for Covid-19 patients also rose 8.4% in the past week. This is evident from the CNBC analysis of the data from the COVID tracking project.
– CNBCs Nate Rattner contributed to this report.