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COVID-19 Vaccinations Underway in Indiana Long-Term Care Facilities

Over the next three months, CVS Health will enter nearly 1,000 communities across the state, with the potential to vaccinate 140,000 of our most vulnerable Hoosiers against COVID-19.

Posted: Dec 30, 2020 10:22 PM

CVS Health is one of the official COVID-19 vaccine providers for long term care facilities.

On Monday, they started immunizing Indiana nursing homes.

Over the next three months, they'll enter nearly 1,000 across Indiana, vaccinating up to 140,000 of our most vulnerable Hoosiers against the virus.

"We are going to be making three different visits over the next 12 weeks to those facilities to make sure the residents and staff get both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine," said Sarah Edington, district and regional leader for CVS Health.

All residents and staff will receive the Moderna vaccine, getting each dose four weeks apart.

They'll be administered by CVS licensed pharmacists who are trained immunizers, licensed technicians, nurses and licensed vocational nurses.

"We are going to go room-by-room to vaccinate the residents in their rooms so they don't have to be moved," Edington said. "Then for the staff we've been doing it in a common area location, whether that be a cafeteria or a meeting room or something of the sort, so we can maintain social distancing."

Edington said the number of Moderna vaccines each CVS location receives depends on the population at each long term care facility, so they will continue to receive shipments of doses as long as facilities need vaccinations.

"As soon as we confirm with the clinic with the facility, then that triggers the shipment of the vaccine to be sent to our stores so that we can arrive with the staff we need," she said.

For now, CVS Health is only vaccinating our most vulnerable populations, but once the general public can start receiving doses, you'll be able to make an appointment at any CVS location.

"Our scheduling tool will automatically schedule the second appointment," Edington said. "So that we can send reminders, calls, texts, emails so that the patients don't miss that all important second dose."

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