As part of Operation Warp Speed effort – a partnership between the Department of Defense and the Department of Health and Human Services – long-term care facilities across the US will be able to register to have one of the two main US pharmacies come to their facilities and administer free COVID-19 vaccines to residents
« This is very much in line with our overarching goal, which is to protect Americans most vulnerable from COVID [-19], » Paul Mango, deputy chief of staff for policy at HHS, said on Friday at the a teleconference “This relationship is primarily about getting vaccines quickly and efficiently in all of our retirement homes, assisted living facilities and senior care facilities. »
On Friday, OWS named Walgreens and CVS as national partners in the effort Long-term care facilities will be able to sign up for CVS or Walgreens to come to their homes to administer COVID-19 vaccines to residents and staff The program is free for establishments and is opt-in only
“We are not forcing the solution on any nursing home,” said Mango “It’s voluntary, they have to accept This is a complement to what other solutions can be, but it will be something that will be available for every retirement home and senior living center in the country »
Army Maj Gen Christophe J Sharpsten, the director of supply and distribution for OWS, said that to make sure vaccinations are as easy as possible, OWS has worked to ease any logistical burden for vaccine administration
« In addition to placing advance purchase orders with vaccine manufacturers and coordinating government-funded distribution, the US government also provides ancillary kits to administration sites, » he said. said Sharpsten
These kits include items such as needles, syringes, alcohol swabs, surgical masks, face shields and immunization cards, he said.
« Through our colleagues at the CDC, we coordinate the distribution of vaccines and auxiliary kits so that they are synchronized in time and space so that they arrive together at the administration site « he said
Since its inception in April, OWS has worked with private industry and other federal agencies to put everything in place to ensure that COVID-19 vaccines are given to as many Americans as possible, as soon as possible. » a vaccine will be available Choosing CVS and Walgreens as partners to deliver vaccines, when they become available, in long-term care facilities is part of the OWS effort
« Within 24-48 hours of getting an [emergency use authorization] cleared, we plan to put needles in people’s arms, » Mango said. « This is all a pre- setting the stage for what will be a rapid vaccine rollout This is again the commitment we have made to the American people, and we intend to keep that commitment «
Operation Warp Speed is a partnership between the Department of Defense and HHS The specific components of the HHS involved include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, the National Institutes of Health and Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority
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