Nursing homes begin receiving first dose of vaccinations

Nursing homes begin receiving first dose of vaccinations

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, vaccinated approximately 170 people including healthcare workers and elder care people. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 2:35 PM PT – Saturday, December 19, 2020

Residents and staffers at nursing homes around the U.S. are beginning to receive their first round of the coronavirus vaccine.

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

Officials in New York said nursing homes should expect to receive their first vaccine doses by Monday.

A nursing home in Connecticut has already begun to roll out the shots to its residents. They are calling the vaccine a “vial of hope.”

“Our residents have suffered greatly and our staff has felt the strain…in caring for residents during this pandemic [while] also taking care of themselves and their families,” Genesis Healthcare Chief Medical Officer Richard Feifer stated. “And some have gotten sick themselves, but these vials of hope have arrived.”

Respiratory Coordinator Sabrina Albert holds a thumbs up while holding a photograph of a friend and coworker who passed away from coronavirus after receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020, in Saginaw, Mich. Albert is one of the first Covenant HealthCare employees to get the vaccine. (Kaytie Boomer/Saginaw News via AP)

According to reports, Walgreens expects to vaccinate about three million residents and staff members across 35,000 nursing homes.

Roughly one week after the national rollout begins, both CVS Health Corp. and Walgreens plan to begin administering Moderna’s vaccine.

RELATED: FDA Approves Moderna Vaccine For Emergency Use

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