Although healthcare workers and nursing home residents are at the top of the list for COVID-19 vaccinations, there are still many steps needed to guarantee a smooth rollout.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice recommended that the two groups should be in the first phase of COVID-19 vaccination, but the decision will lie with state officials.
“I wish it were as simple as saying we’re going to vaccinate residents and staff,” said David Grabowski, a professor of healthcare policy at Harvard Medical School. Instead, he predicts some challenges on adoption and education.
Mark Parkinson, president and CEO of the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living, which represents more than 14,000 nursing homes and assisted living facilities across the U.S, said the industry is calling on governors from every state to prioritize long-term staff and residents in vaccine distribution “to save