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. ”
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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