According to the CDC panel, long-term care residents and health care workers should be vaccinated first

“So very quickly we get more than 150 million servings a month in March, April, May,” he added. He and other federal officials said the general public is likely to be able to vaccinate themselves by May or June.

The CDC board should initially have voted on its recommendations only after the FDA approved the vaccine. But it clashed with the timing to give states more guidance in preparing their distribution plans, which are due to be submitted to the CDC on Friday.

On Tuesday, the group specifically recommended that residents of nursing homes among the long-term care population, who are generally the most fragile and susceptible to Covidra, receive the first vaccinations if there are not enough workers with no virus in the past 90 days.

Within the much larger category of health workers, the panel says health systems should consider the priority of those who have direct contact with patients and their families, as well as those who handle infectious substances. Dr. Nancy Messonnier, who heads the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, told the panel that based on her recent conversations with state health officials, most states and cities “believe she can vaccinate all of her health workers within three weeks. . “

But whether they achieve that goal depends on how much vaccine they receive and how quickly. Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear told reporters on Monday that his state has more than 200,000 health workers, but will only receive 38,000 doses in its first shipment and may not receive another for two weeks.

Long-term care facilities include nursing homes with a population of about 1.3 million; supported residences with 800,000 inhabitants; and residential care facilities, which are generally small and serve specific populations. The federal government has entered into an agreement with CVS and Walgreens to supply vaccines to most of these facilities nationwide, with pharmacist groups making three visits to each to ensure that all employees and residents receive an initial and one week later booster dose at the same time. .

Several members of the board urged that the offices of small community physicians should not be left out of the initial priority list. “Transmission dynamics suggest that providers who care for patients earlier in their illness may be at greater risk,” said Dr. Jeffrey Duchin, a board member in charge of public health in Seattle and King Wash County.