Walgreens starts administering COVID-19 vaccines in LTC facilities

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Walgreens starts administering COVID-19 vaccines in LTC facilities

By David Salazar - 12/18/2020

Walgreens has kicked off its push to administer Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to the residents and staff of long-term care facilities. The company began immunizing at assisted living facilities and nursing homes in Ohio and Connecticut as part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Pharmacy Partnership for Long-term Care Program. 

A Walgreens pharmacist vaccinates a patient at Crown Pointe Care Center Friday in Columbus, Ohio.

Walgreens will be administering vaccinations in some 800 long-term care facilities in 12 states during the week of Dec. 21. It will expand vaccinations to include nearly 3 million residents and staff across 35,000 long-term care facilities that have selected Walgreens as their vaccine provider while states finalize distribution plans and receive vaccine allocations. 

“Walgreens is very proud to be a part of this historic milestone to begin administering Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to our most vulnerable populations,” said John Standley, president of Walgreens. “With more than a decade of experience administering various vaccines, we have the deep expertise to support this unprecedented effort to allow our nation to emerge from this pandemic.”

Walgreens noted that it has extensive experience in providing vaccinations both in and out of the retail setting. The company said it has provided more than 150,000 off-site visits since 2015 and administered more than 70 million vaccination over the past decade. Walgreens said that its pharmacy team members administering vaccines at the long-term care facilities are embedded in the communities at the company’s more than 9,000 stores.