CVS and Walgreens are preparing to be among the first to administer Covid-19 shots in the United States, if the US Food and Drug Administration authorizes emergency use of a vaccine. Those vaccinations would take place in long-term care facilities, not in retail stores.
In October, the Trump administration announced agreements with CVS and Walgreens to give vaccinations to residents of long-term care facilities nationwide. Advisers to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have called an emergency meeting tomorrow to vote, in part, on whether to recommend that residents in those facilities be among the first people in the US to get a coronavirus vaccine.
CVS anticipates providing shots in long-term care facilities in mid-December.
"We’ll be ready to administer COVID-19 vaccines in long-term care facilities in mid-December based on anticipated emergency use authorization for one or more vaccine candidates," said T.J. Crawford, a CVS spokesperson.
Walgreens expects to begin administering shots in long-term care facilities within days of receiving doses.
"We are committed to administering vaccines to long-term care facilities as soon as we receive doses. We believe we can be in some long-term care facilities within a few days of when we receive the first vaccine doses," a Walgreens corporate spokesperson told CNN Monday.