State and Federal agencies make more announcements on how COVID-19 vaccines will be distributed to long-term care residents and front-line workers
The State of Texas says the state will participate in a federal program to vaccinate residents and staff of long-term care facilities against COVID-19. The program is free of charge and sends staff and Pfizer vaccines from partnering Walgreens and CVS locations to these facilities.
State officials say that over 1,200 skilled nursing facilities and over 2,000 other long-term care facilities have signed up — totaling more than 225,000 certified beds. The first vaccines will be provided to pharmacies the week of Dec. 21, 2020 and the program will begin Dec. 28, 2020.
Also on the vaccine distribution front news came down from Washington that pending FDA approval of the vaccine, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs plans on distributing COVID-19 vaccinations to front-line VA health care workers and vets residing in long-term care facilities across the country.
Veterans in VA long-term care facilities will be the first patient group to be vaccinated. As vaccine supplies increase, more vets will receive vaccinations based on age, existing health problems & other factors that increase the risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19.