CVS, Walgreens deliver vaccine shots to nursing homes

The retail companies are administering vaccine shots to nursing home staff and residents with first and second doses before setting up plans to get the vaccine to the public next spring.
2:52 | 12/19/20

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We'll turn now to you to the front lines of one area of American life most devastated by this virus, nursing homes. CVS and Walgreens have now started delivering shots to the people and staff who live and work there. They will be among the first Americans to get vaccinated and janai got an exclusive look, janai, good morning to you. Hey, good morning, yeah, 38% of the country's covid deaths are linked to long-term care facilities. So Walgreens and CVS officials say they've been planning this vaccine campaign for months and we got a look at how they're doing it. This morning, the effort under way to protect some of the most vulnerable. A CVS pharmacist taking us behind the scenes showing us that box filled with 975 doses of pfizer's life-saving vaccine. Now making their way to nursing homes and long-term care facilities. So this is the temperature-regulated thermal shipper. This utilizes dry ice to keep it in the optimal temperature rank. We will be receiving a batch of dry ice to keep this in the optimal temperature range this morning. Reporter: The temperature monitored every step of the way. So this box comes directly from pfizer. When they get it, they open it up and press a button. They will take a tray ofials that they need and they will put it in a fridge to thaw for three hours. It can stay up to five days but it will be need to be between 35 and 40 degrees and then take it out and put in one of these tempure-controlled bags where they take it to a long-term care facility. Those in charge of transporting it combined with extra security measures. In case anything goes wrong. We have direct access to the call command center. If it's an extreme ecy we have access to call 911. Reporter: After a short drive, those vials arriving at the reservoir long-term care facility in Hartford, Connecticut. Staff and residents ready to get vaccinated. 95-year-old Jean Peters was one of them. I feel fine. I'm good but I'm a little taken back by all this excitement. To be honest. Reporter: More than 100,000 covid-related deaths are linked to nursing homes nationwide. Facilities banning visitors to help control the spread. And like so many others in long-term care facilities, Jean has been separated from her family. We spoke with her about getting that shot of protection just hours before going home. How do you feel? I do feel better. I'm glad I have the shot. For my husband, I want him to get the shot as soon as possible. Reporter: So Jean will head back to that facility for a second shot in just a few weeks and those are some of the logistics that CVS and Walgreens have to work out. As they try to get all staff vaccinated. But CVS officials say they're already planning ahead on how they'll provide vaccinations to

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