‘Sunday is a monumental day in our fight against this deadly pandemic. This means a step towards protecting our elderly and ensuring their safety, ‘said Katrina Hotrum-Lopez, Cabinet Secretary of the Aging and Long-Term Services Department.
The statement notes that people receiving vaccinations need two doses from the same manufacturer that are administered a few weeks apart. The pharmacies will send staff to facilities three times in the coming months to administer the vaccines.
Dr Tracie Collins, secretary of the health department, said vaccinated people can still carry and transmit COVID-19, so it is important that they continue to wear masks and take other precautions such as washing their hands and to remove.
Government officials said the first round of 31,000 doses would eventually be handed out at long-term care facilities in the next four weeks.
As of Saturday, the state said 3,591 residents in long-term care centers were infected with COVID and 638 people died.
“Therefore, it is crucial that we continue to wear our masks, avoid group meetings and follow public health orders. The consequence of not doing so is simply fatal for our seniors,” Hotrum-Lopez said. .
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