CVS, Walgreens Begin Wisconsin Nursing Home Vaccinations

Pharmacy Chains Giving Residents, Staff Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine

Staff Receive Moderna Vaccine At Wausau Hospital
Aspirus Wausau Hospital staff receive the Moderna vaccine on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020. Health care workers in direct contact with COVID-19 patients have been prioritized to receive the vaccine. Photo courtesy of Aspirus

Two pharmacy chains have launched an effort to inject tens of thousands of Wisconsin nursing home residents with a COVID-19 vaccine.

Rick Abrams, president of the Wisconsin Health Care Association/Wisconsin Center for Assisted Living, said CVS Health and Walgreens began injecting residents and staff on Monday with the Moderna vaccine. Abrams said the campaign could take up to three months.

Around 60,000 people reside in Wisconsin nursing homes. He didn’t know how many nurses and ancillary staff will need shots but the goal is to inoculate any workers who come into contact with residents.

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CVS Health officials say about 1,830 facilities have partnered with that chain for vaccinations.

Walgreens officials said they had no specific information about its Wisconsin effort.