CVS Health to begin administering COVID-19 vaccine in long-term care facilities
WOONSOCKET, R.I. (WLNE) – CVS Health announced the launch of its COVID-19 vaccination program for members in long-term care facilities, where residents have been severely impacted by the pandemic.
The company says the Pharmacy team will administer the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine in facilities across 12 states this week. The company said they expect to vaccinate up to four million residents and staff at more than 40,000 long-term care facilities.
The vaccinations will start this week in Connecticut, Florida, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Vermont.
Vaccinations will begin in 36 other states, including Rhode Island, on December 28. Puerto Rico will start vaccinations on January 4.
“Today’s rollout is the culmination of months of internal planning and demonstrates how the private sector can use its expertise to help solve some of our most critical challenges,” said Larry J. Merlo, President and Chief Executive Officer, CVS Health.
“I’m grateful for the herculean efforts of everyone involved, including our health care professionals who will be deployed throughout the country to bring peace of mind to long-term care facility residents, staff, and their loved ones.”
In a release, the company said that the CVS Pharmacy teams will make three visits to each facility to ensure both staff and residents get their initial shot and critical booster. The majority of residents and staff will be fully vaccinated three to four weeks after the first visit, depending on the vaccine.
CVS Health said they expect to fully complete its long-term facility vaccination effort in 12 weeks.