Trump Administration Strikes Major Deal to Administer Covid Vaccines to Seniors - FOR FREE
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After Thursday night's Town Hall meetings with Both Former Vice President Joe Biden and standing President Donald Trump, it's clear that Covid-19 and the implications of the pandemic remains one of the key talking points.
The economy, the recovery, and the overall impact of the Corona Virus were all discussed by both candidates.
The issue of a vaccine is one of America's primary concerns right now. As the Democratic left, namely Kamala Harris and Joe Biden, continue to push wild conspiracy theories and doubt about a potential vaccine, the President is stepping up to the plate once again.
Announced this afternoon, the Trump Administration has reached a major deal with retail pharmaceutical giants CVS and Walgreens that will allow seniors and the elderly to be given Covid-19 vaccinations for free.
CNBS's Berkeley Lovelace Jr. reported:
The vaccine will be free of charge and available for residents in all long-term care settings, including skilled nursing facilities, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, residential care homes and adult family homes, the Department of Health and Human Services said in a press release.
Starting Monday, long-term care facilities will be able to select which pharmacy they prefer to have on-site. The facilities can opt-in to the program through the CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network, Butler said. If a facility chooses to not opt-in, there will be the possibility of being able to administer vaccines through other sources, including from local pharmacies, he added.
CVS and Walgreens will schedule and coordinate on-site clinic dates directly with each facility, HHS said. The companies anticipate that three total visits over two months are likely to be needed to administer both doses of vaccine to residents and staff, the agency said. Long-term care facilities are not mandated to participate, HHS added.
It became obvious that America's elderly were by far the most affected by this pandemic, with some nursing facilities still mandating lockdowns for their residents and aggressive precautions being taken across the country.
Even further, policies like the ones implemented in New York City, under the direction of Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo left many thousands of seniors to fall victim to the virus. More on that topic is available through the Associated Press.
Furthermore, seniors across the country remain one of the President's focuses moving forward.
Trump announced the partnership Friday at an event billed as "Protecting America's Seniors" in Fort Myers, Florida. The president is trying to shore up support among senior citizens, a key voting bloc that helped him win four years ago but which recent polling suggests has eroded in recent months.
The president, 74, vowed a vaccine would be available before the end of the year despite his own federal health experts saying that timeline is highly unlikely, and vowed that senior citizens would be "first in line."
Americans have been tough throughout all the events that have transpired in the year 2020 - especially when it comes to the Covid-19 Pandemic. The President is staying focused while keeping his distance and allowing the scientific community to do their jobs quickly and affectively.