Under the agreement, companies will send staff to the facilities to provide in-house vaccines. Retail pharmacies will need to plan and coordinate on-site clinics with each facility. The administration did not disclose the amount of the deal.
The announcement comes as health officials race to fulfill Trump’s vow that all vulnerable Americans will receive a free coronavirus vaccine. However, this deal will cover only a small proportion of older people living in long-term care facilities, which means that millions of Medicare beneficiaries are still at risk of being charged out of pocket for the cost of vaccination.
HHS has spent the past few weeks looking for ways to expand at no cost to the rest of the Medicare population, said people familiar with the discussions but have not yet decided on a solution.
The provision of a vaccine will require careful coordination. Some of the leading vaccine candidates will require two shots, and staff will need to ensure that people get the same. The health department believes it will take three visits in two months to administer the two-dose vaccine to the elderly and staff.
Pharmacies will have to report vaccination data ̵