CDC vaccine advisers recommend that healthcare professionals and residents of long-term care facilities receive Covid-19 vaccine for the first time

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted to include both groups in the so-called Article 1a of the CDC Coronavirus Vaccine Distribution Plan. Phase.

“Residents of long-term care facilities are adults living in facilities that provide a variety of services, including medical and personal care for people who are unable to live independently,” the CDC said.

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“Medical personnel are paid and unpaid persons who serve in a medical institution and who are capable of direct or indirect exposure or infectious substances.”

According to the CDC, 6% of coronavirus cases and 40% of coronavirus deaths are in residential care in the United States. According to the CDC, more than 240,000 health workers are infected with the coronavirus and 858 have died.

The only vote against the recommendation was given by Dr. Helen Talbot of Vanderbilt University, who said she was concerned that the vaccine had not been tested among residents of long-term care facilities.

“We hope it works and we hope it’s safe. It occupies many levels,” Talbot said at the meeting.

But ACIP president Dr Jose Romero said he said these residents were at exceptional risk.

“I think my vote means the greatest benefit, the least harm, the promotion of justice and the alleviation of … health inequalities,” Romero said after the vote.