The Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices voted to include Phase 1A of the CDC’s Coronavirus Vaccine Distribution Scheme in both groups.
The CDC stated, “Long-term care facility residents are defined as adults who live in facilities that provide a wide variety of services, including medical and personal care, who are unable to live independently . “
“Health care personnel are defined as paid and unpaid individuals serving in health care settings with the potential for direct or indirect exposure or infectious material.”
The CDC states that 6% of coronovirus cases of long-term care facility residents and 40% of coronavirus deaths occur in the US. The CDC says more than 240,000 health workers have been infected by coronovirus and 858 have died.
A vote against the recommendation came from Vanderbilt University Dr. Helen came from Talbot, who said she was concerned that the vaccine had not been studied in residents of long-term care facilities.
“We hope it works and we hope it’s safe. I worry on many levels,” Talbot told the meeting.
But ACIP President Dr. Jose Romero said he believes these residents are at extraordinary risk.
Romero said after the vote, “I believe my vote reflects maximum gains, minimum losses, promoting and reducing justice … health disparities.”