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Milestone reached for long-term care facility vaccinations in commonwealth


HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Governor Tom Wolf, Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam, Senior Advisor for COVID-19 Response Lindsey Mauldin and CVS Health District Leader Andreas Chandra are providing an update on COVID-19 vaccination efforts in Pennsylvania, focusing on the progress in skilled nursing facilities, assisted care facilities and long-term care facilities.

Governor Wolf announced a milestone the commonwealth has reached — more than 600 skilled nursing facilities have received first and second doses of the vaccine, and in total more than 315,000 doses of vaccine administered among all long-term care facilities being vaccinated by CVS and Walgreens.

The vaccination milestone is part of the Federal Pharmacy Partnership program in which CVS and Walgreens are Pennsylvania’s partners

Wolf said Walgreens has completed first dose vaccinations at close to 100 locations, and CVS has completed all vaccinations, first and second doses, at more than 500 long term care facilities.

Acting Secretary Beam, during the press conference, expanded on the plans for continued protection of seniors in long term care facilities.

“We are not finished with the long-term care vaccination mission,” Beam said “In fact, each facility will have at least three vaccination clinics so we can ensure that as many residents and staff who want to get vaccinated have the opportunity. This way, if someone declined the vaccine in the first or second opportunity, they’ll have another chance.”

Beam addressed that even those in long term care facilities who decline the first dose of the vaccine, will later have an opportunity to be vaccinated.

Beam also reassured those in the commonwealth that second does will be available and providers are receiving daily updates on the status of deliveries and guidance from the department after second doses of the Moderna vaccine were misallocated last week.

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