San Diego (KGTV)-Starting Monday, CVS Pharmacy will begin providing COVID-19 vaccines to staff and residents of long-term care facilities in California.
On December 18, CVS employees gave the first shot in a nursing home in Connecticut.
CVS Health vice president Jonathan Roberts (Jonathan Roberts) said at the time: “We will put 9,000 vaccines nationwide to provide these vaccines.”
Ten days later, CVS Pharmacy will begin its 12-week vaccination program at skilled nursing facilities and assisted living centers in California. The company hopes to provide Pfizer̵
Dr. Troy Brennan, Chief Medical Officer of CVS Health, said: “Retail pharmacies are the basis of this approach, both because of our convenience and ubiquity.”
Earlier this month, due to the existing infrastructure and personnel, the federal government has awarded Walgreens and CVS contracts to launch vaccines. CVS vaccinators will visit at least 3 times during the 12-week rotation for reinforcement and inspection.
After this initial stage, CVS executives stated that they will move to the next level of priority recipients, which include basic workers, older Americans and people with chronic diseases.
Dr. Brennan said: “We have the greatest opportunity to reach the public, and the public likes this approach.”
Both pharmacies are already using their websites and apps, where people can take COVID test appointments. They said that by April, a similar page will be established for the general public to book vaccines.
Dr. Brennan said: “We have a fairly flexible digital front end, and we have developed it for testing, but it will be applicable here.”
The two companies hope their widespread impact can help ease the spread in the summer.
“I hope that by June or July, we will be in a situation where the overall transmission will be greatly reduced and we will be able to [return to] Some kind of normal life. “