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CVS, Walgreens begin administering COVID-19 vaccine at long-term care facilities
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CVS, Walgreens begin administering COVID-19 vaccine at long-term care facilities

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Jeanne Peters, 95, a rehab patient at The Reservoir, a nursing facility in West Hartford, Connecticut, receives a COVID-19 vaccination from CVS Health on Friday. 

There's a lot of false information out there about the two leading COVID-19 vaccines in the U.S. We wanted to provide the facts and answer some questions. Im not a doctor but know a few, so we asked: How effective is the vaccine?"These vaccines are highly effective. Both studies have shown over 90 percent effectiveness, which is phenomenal because we only really expected 50-60 percent," said Dr. Mati Hlatshwayo Davis, an infectious diseases physician with Washington University School of Medicine."The report put out by Pfizer, in the data that's included in the EUA for the FDA, is a 95% efficacy. There is protection after the first dose and then maximum protection after the second dose, which is 21 days later," said Dr. Khalilah Gates, a pulmonary care specialist with Northwestern Medicine."What should be noted is that they were tested to see passage of symptomatic coronavirus, so they prevent people from getting symptoms. What hasn't been studied is whether or not this results in asymptomatic spread. So giving it to other people even if you're not experiencing symptoms," said Dr. Josh Lesko, Brief19 lead policy analyst. 

The nation's two largest pharmacy retailers said they have begun administering Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine to residents and staff of long-term care facilities across the country.

CVS Health said it began vaccinating residents at facilities in 12 states starting Monday. In Nebraska, inoculations will begin Dec. 28 at 64 skilled-nursing and assisted-living facilities across the state and cover more than 8,600 residents and workers.

Altogether, CVS Health said it will vaccinate more than 4 million people at 40,000 facilities nationwide.

Walgreens on Friday announced plans to also vaccinate residents and staff at long-term care facilities in 12 states this week. Walgreens said it will vaccinate nearly 3 million residents and staff overall at more than 35,000 long-term care facilities.

Both pharmacy companies are providing the vaccines as part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Pharmacy Partnership for Long-term Care Program.

Gov. Pete Ricketts on Friday said Nebraska was due to bank 11,700 doses of the Pfizer vaccine this week, which it will pair with an additional allocation of 11,700 vaccine doses the following week to be used for the CDC pharmacy vaccination program. Ricketts said the state will not take possession of those vaccine doses; instead they will go directly to the companies for use in the long-term care vaccination program.

Nebraska also is scheduled to receive about 32,000 doses of the just-approved Moderna vaccine this week, some of which he said will be used to vaccinate residents and staff at long-term care facilities that are not participating in the pharmacy program.

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Reach the writer at 402-473-2647 or molberding@journalstar.com.

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Matt Olberding is a Lincoln native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been covering business for the Journal Star since 2005.

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