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Dec 15, 2020
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As frontline health-care workers in Rhode Island on Monday received the first doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, CVS Health fine-tuned its planning to offer it to residents and staff of long-term-care facilities as early as next Monday, Senior Vice President of Pharmacy Chris Cox told The Providence Journal in an interview.

Together with Walgreens, CVS was chosen by the federal government to provide the vaccines to nursing homes and other congregate-care facilities that provide extended residential care. In October, Cox said, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention asked facilities around the nation to state their preferences.

“The CDC sent out a survey to all the long-term care facilities in late October, and they were allowed to choose CVS or Walgreens or opt-out of the federal program and choose to work with a local provider to get their vaccinations,” Cox said. “Our understanding is that over 99% of facilities did opt-in to the federal program.”

According to Cox, “over 40,000 of them selected CVS Pharmacy.”

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