Dec. 14, 2020 — The federal authorities is telling teams which can be giving the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine to attend till later this month to inoculate folks in long-term care amenities, regardless of a CDC suggestion that they be among the many first to get the vaccine, CBS News reported.
CBS Information mentioned it obtained two Operation Warp Pace paperwork telling suppliers that the “earliest this system can activate is Dec twenty first.” CBS Information mentioned the paperwork had been produced by the Division of Well being and Human Companies with steerage from CVS and Walgreens, the pharmacy chains liable 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 present. Meaning the vaccine can be out there this week to be used in nursing properties, the place the mortality price for COVID-19 is excessive.
U.S. Well being and Human Companies 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 staff wouldn’t give nursing house vaccinations till Dec. 21, “as a result of the Trump administration advised them to attend till that date. Why is the Trump administration asking nursing properties to attend?”
“We’re not really asking the nursing properties to attend,” Azar replied. “And we had been in a position to have a very good dialogue with CVS management about this misunderstanding that that they had on the president’s vaccine distribution summit. So I feel we have gotten that every one straightened out with them. And we’ll be getting CVS and Walgreens vaccinating our nursing house folks. 100 — nearly 100% of our nursing properties have signed up with that program for a turnkey vaccination operation.”
Azar mentioned nursing house vaccinations might begin “any day,” and all nursing house residents might 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 brought on by the necessity for nursing properties to acquire consent from residents or their households.
“It is a very pricey delay,” he mentioned on Face the Nation. “There [are] 50,000 new infections in nursing properties each week proper now, in all probability greater than that. And we all know 20% of individuals within the nursing properties who’re contaminated will succumb to the an infection. So, there’s lots of demise occurring in these nursing properties.”
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 house residents.
He mentioned he didn’t know why Operation Warp Pace, 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 advised nursing house 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 properties and different residential care amenities ought to be first in line.