CVS Health is planning to help vaccinate millions of residents and staff at long-term care facilities nationwide, including in Connecticut, the company announced Monday morning.
This news comes just days after Connecticut started vaccinating staff and residents at long-term care facilities on Friday. Connecticut was among four states selected to start inoculations at nursing homes ahead of Monday’s national rollout.
CVS Pharmacy teams will administer virus vaccines starting this week in long-term case facilities in 12 states, including Connecticut. On Dec. 28, CVS Health will expand its vaccination process to begin in another 36 states and the District of Columbia. CVS Health vaccinations will begin in Puerto Rico n Jan. 4, 2021.
“Vaccinating one of our most vulnerable populations is the latest milestone in our multifaceted pandemic response, which includes testing more than 10 million people for the virus since March,” Karen S. Lynch, executive vice president of CVS Health, said in a statement.
The company said it expects to vaccinate up to 4 million residents and staff at more than 40,000 long-term care facilities through the program.
“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,” Larry J. Merlo, president and chief executive officer of CVS Health, said in a statement.
The CVS Pharmacy teams will make three visits to each long-term care facility to ensure all staff and residents have received both their vaccine doses. CVS Health said it expects to complete vaccinations at long-term care facilities in about 12 weeks.
CVS Health said this vaccine program is a precursor to when vaccine doses are made available at all CVS Pharmacy locations nationwide. What the time comes, vaccines will be offered by appointment only through the CVS Pharmacy app or at CVS.com. An 800-number will also be announced for those without online access.
When vaccines are offered in the store, CVS personnel will have the ability to administer about 20 to 25 million shots each month, the company said.
“The eventual availability of COVID-19 vaccines in communities across the country will bring us one step closer to overcoming the most significant health challenge of our lifetime,” said Lynch, who will become president and CEO of Aetna on Feb. 1, 2021.