CVS Administers 2 Million Vaccines at Nursing Facilities, but Says Staff Uptake Is Low
By Micah Maidenberg
CVS Health Corp. said it expects to complete administering first
rounds of Covid-19 vaccines at more than 40,000 long-term care
facilities it is working with by the middle of next month, but
added that staffers at some facilities still aren't getting
The drugstore chain on Monday said it has delivered the first
round of vaccines to about 8,000 skilled-nursing facilities around
the U.S., accounting for close to 2 million shots.
The company and other drugstore operators have been working with
the federal government to vaccinate residents and employees at
nursing homes, assisted living facilities and other long-term care
During the current vaccination push, vaccine allocations were
"based on long-term care facility bed counts multiplied by two to
account for staff, but at most facilities occupancy is far less
than bed count and staff uptake remains low," CVS said.
The Woonsocket, R.I.-based company also said Monday it has the
capacity to administer up to 25 million shots per month from its
network of stores. It is already doing so in some states, including
Indiana and New York, for some age groups.
"Criteria for vaccination at these locations are defined by the
states, and supply comes from state allocations," CVS said.
Distribution of the Covid-19 vaccines has gotten off to a slow
start in many parts of the country, with government officials in a
number of places frustrated with a dearth of supply.
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