Transcript for Trump administration announces vaccine will be free to long term care patients
The trump administration announced a deal for wallgreens and CVS health to administer health care for facilities in is if and when a vaccine is approved. They would be free to patients thank you for being with us this morning. Long term care facilities can sign up for this starting on Friday, are you hearing any dates to when you will have your hands physically on a possible vaccine? No, we're not hearing about dates about when we will have it other than what the rest of us know. Hoping for something in mid to late November, but we will wait and see. . But basically the process would be teams of farm sises and pharmacy technicians to nursing homes and people would basically be providing their consent to be vaccinated and we would go through the nursing home and provide that initial vaccination. Most of the vaccinations will require a booster doost. You're in talks with the government, that they would offer vaccines in the storms as well. What is the latest there? Yes, we're preparing to provide vaccinations on the rest of the pandemic. Today we provide nearly 20 million flu vaccinations and we think that we can greatly increase that number and we're preparing our retail clinics and our pharmacists to be able to fax Nate people on an expedited basis. We think that we can provide a significant contribution in terms of getting this pandemic over by distributed the vaccine. We have seen a big public health push for people to get flu shots this year. What demand are you seeing for that? Are people heeding the warning? It is really tremendous demand. We have done about 10 million vaccines already. That is what we did last year at this time. So people are heeding the advice of the public health experts. That is important especially as go into the late part of the fall and the early part of the winter. We might see increased levels of infection with the covid virus. And real quickly, is there any hope that you will be able to ramp up that service to people in more communitied? Yes, we gave our first test back in March. We're gearing up to do four million tests per month. We're trying to play a significant role in providing easy access to testing which we know is very important. Trying to prevent the spread of the virus. Dr. Troy, thank you for being with us this morning, we appreciate your time.
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