Dec. 14, 2020 — The federal authorities is telling teams which are giving the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine to attend till later this month to inoculate individuals in long-term care services, regardless of a CDC advice that they be among the many first to get the vaccine, CBS News reported.
CBS Information mentioned it obtained two Operation Warp Velocity paperwork telling suppliers that the “earliest this system can activate is Dec twenty first.” CBS Information mentioned the paperwork have been produced by the Division of Well being and Human Providers with steering from CVS and Walgreens, the pharmacy chains answerable for vaccinating long-term care facility residents.
About 2.9 million doses of the vaccine shipped from warehouses on Sunday, and the primary vaccinations are being given at the moment. Which means the vaccine could be accessible this week to be used in nursing houses, the place the mortality charge for COVID-19 is excessive.
U.S. Well being and Human Providers Secretary Alex Azar appeared Sunday on Face the Nation and was requested about timing for vaccinations. CBS Information mentioned it obtained the paperwork after the present aired.
Within the interview, CBS’s Margaret Brennan mentioned CVS mentioned its employees wouldn’t give nursing residence vaccinations till Dec. 21, “as a result of the Trump administration informed them to attend till that date. Why is the Trump administration asking nursing houses to attend?”
“We’re not truly asking the nursing houses to attend,” Azar replied. “And we have been capable of have a very good dialogue with CVS management about this misunderstanding that that they had on the president’s vaccine distribution summit. So I believe we have gotten that each one straightened out with them. And we’ll be getting CVS and Walgreens vaccinating our nursing residence individuals. 100 — virtually 100% of our nursing houses have signed up with that program for a turnkey vaccination operation.”
Azar mentioned nursing residence vaccinations might begin “any day,” and all nursing residence residents may very well be vaccinated by Christmas.
However two sources have confirmed the delay.
Scott Gottlieb, MD, who was FDA commissioner within the Trump administration from 2017 to 2019, mentioned the delay was attributable to the necessity for nursing houses to acquire consent from residents or their households.
“It is a very expensive delay,” he mentioned on Face the Nation. “There [are] 50,000 new infections in nursing houses each week proper now, most likely greater than that. And we all know 20% of individuals within the nursing houses who’re contaminated will succumb to the an infection. So, there’s quite a lot of dying taking place in these nursing houses.”
Gottlieb, who’s on Pfizer’s board of administrators, mentioned he estimated it will take a few week to get consent from the sufferers and about 3 weeks complete for CVS and Walgreens to inoculate nursing residence residents.
He mentioned he didn’t know why Operation Warp Velocity, the public-private program to shortly create and distribute a COVID-19 vaccine, didn’t get consent upfront.
Robert Garrett, the CEO of the New Jersey hospital system Hackensack Meridian Well being, told Face the Nation the company was informed nursing residence vaccinations would begin Dec. 21.
“I did hear the secretary’s interview, however the newest info I’ve from CVS and Walgreens is that they’d begin on the week of the twenty first,” Garrett mentioned.
The states are setting priorities on who will get to obtain the vaccine, however the CDC’s Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices (ACIP) advised that health care workers and residents of nursing houses and different residential care services must be first in line.