“Sunday marks a monumental day in our fight with this deadly pandemic. It signifies a step towards protecting our seniors and securing their safety,” said Katrina Hotrum-Lopez, cabinet secretary of the Aging and Long-Term Services Department.
The statement noted that people receiving vaccinations will need two doses from the same manufacturer administered several weeks apart. The pharmacies will send staff to facilities three times over the coming months to administer the vaccines.
Dr. Tracie Collins, Department of Health cabinet secretary, said people who have been vaccinated can still carry and transmit COVID-19, so it’s important that they continue to wear masks and take other precautions such as washing their hands and distancing.
State officials said the first round of 31,000 doses will eventually be given out at long-term care facilities over the next four weeks.
As of Saturday, the state said 3,591 residents in long-term care centers have been infected with COVID, and 638 people have passed away.
“Which is why it’s critical that we continue to wear our masks, avoid group gatherings, and follow the state public health orders. The result of not doing so is simply deadly for our seniors,” said Hotrum-Lopez.
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