Nursing homes start receiving first dose of vaccines

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Vera Leip, 88, receives a Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine from Christine Philips, RN Florida Department of Health in Broward County, at the John Knox Village Continuing Care Retirement Community on December 16, 2020 in Pompano Beach, Florida . The facility, one of the first in the country to do so, has vaccinated around 170 people, including healthcare workers and the elderly. (Photo by Joe Raedle / Getty Images)

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UPDATE 2:35 PM PST – Saturday, December 19, 2020

Residents and staff of nursing homes in the United States are starting to receive their first coronavirus vaccine.

Friday, Walgreens and CVS Health Corp. announced that they had started administering Pfizer’s vaccine to people living and working in long-term care facilities.

New York officials said nursing homes should expect to receive their first doses of the vaccine by Monday.

A Connecticut nursing home has already started releasing the photos to its residents. They call the vaccine a “vial of hope”.

“Our residents have suffered a lot and our staff have felt the strain… in caring for residents during this pandemic [while] also take care of themselves and their families, ”said Richard Feifer, medical director of Genesis Healthcare. “And some got sick themselves, but those vials of hope came. ”

Respiratory Coordinator Sabrina Albert gives a thumbs up while holding a photo of a friend and colleague who died of coronavirus after receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, Thursday, December 17, 2020, in Saginaw, Michigan. Albert is one of the first Covenant HealthCare employees to be vaccinated. (Kaytie Boomer / Saginaw News via AP)

According to reports, Walgreens plans to vaccinate about three million residents and staff in 35,000 nursing homes.

Approximately a week after the start of the national deployment, CVS Health Corp. and Walgreens plan to start administering Moderna’s vaccine.

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