HHS, DoD, and Operation Warp Speed (OWS) Announce New Partnership with CVS & Walgreens to Administer Vaccines to LTC Facility Residents & Staf
HHS, DoD, and Operation Warp Speed (OWS) announced agreements with CVS and Walgreens to provide and administer COVID-19 vaccines to residents of long-term care facilities (LTCF) nationwide with no out-of-pocket costs. The program is:
– Free of charge to facilities.- Available for residents in all long-term care settings, including skilled nursing facilities (SNF), nursing homes, assisted living facilities, residential care homes, and adult family homes.
– Available to all remaining LTCF staff members who have not been previously vaccinated for COVID-19 (e.g., through satellite, temporary, or off-site clinics).
– Available in most rural areas that may not have an easily accessible pharmacy.
The pharmacies will receive and manage vaccines and associated supplies (e.g., syringes, needles, and personal protective equipment); ensure cold chain management for vaccine; provide on-site administration of vaccine; and report required vaccination data (including who was vaccinated, with what vaccine, and where) to the state, local, or territorial, and federal public health authorities within 72 hours of administering each dose.Starting October 19, 2020, LTCFs will be able to opt in and indicate which pharmacy partner their facility prefers to have on-site. LTCFs are not mandated to participate in this program and can request to use their current pharmacy contracts to support COVID-19 vaccination. Nursing homes can sign up via the National Healthcare Safety Network and assisted living facilities can sign up via an online survey they will receive.