Transcript for Vaccine Watch: Shots arrive at nursing homes
The arrival of covic nineteen vaccines can't come soon enough for our nation's elderly especially those in nursing homes and long term care facilities who have suffered tremendous losses through the pandemic. So we were there as the first doses of vaccines rolled out in the past week. To those facilities Bob Woodruff tracking it all in this week's vaccines watch. Last week the shots heard around the world. Over the past few weeks we watched as front line health care workers. Received the protection they needed since mark. And CVS and Walgreens vaccinated some of the first nursing home residents. In the US against Coleman nineteen. We'll be working with CE RC on April. I. Can't get go wanted its LeBlanc. For those in long term care and nursing home facilities the excitement is palpable. Or. The loneliness of the past ten months taking its tool. I yet hurry you know. You know. What vaccine roll outs under way America's largest pharmacies are stepping up. Administering doses to the country's most vulnerable populations. ABC's Jim may Norman got an exclusive look at how companies like CBS are deploying in administering the vaccine to nursing homes. This box comes directly from Pfizer they'll open it up pressed the button a sort of a high tech way to say hey we perceive the package they'll take out a trailer bio pressing need. And they're gonna put it in a refrigerator down here what it'll fall for at least three hours. So put it in their work and face up to five days until the vaccines about 3540 degrees they'll leave it there and then put it in these temperature regulated bags. One of these vials reserved for 95 year old Jean Peters. And I. But before the dose goes into jeans arm CDS personal puts the temperature control bags into their own vehicles. From here the clock starts taking there's only a few hours before the vaccine is no longer usable and these transporters. Have apps to help keep them on track. We click this we have been. The direct access to this tedious call command center and if it's an extreme emergency me how to access the call 911. Just yesterday 49 year old Julian Holland was vaccinated in Ohio. He's been recovering from a back injury as a long term care facility for the past few months. And met yeah. Getting in. Her. Easy easy. Over the yeah. The again we. CVS and Walgreen say it'll take only a month to get the first doses of the vaccine to all of the nursing homes who have asked for. Return a vaccine can be shipped to stored at standard freezer temperatures. And is packed and containers of a hundred doses each. This allows jurisdictions the flexibility to support hard to reach small and more rural errors areas. Areas like and win it colors and Indiana. She says CBS plans to visit her facility. In January I don't and interprets and let it early on there. This is Bob Woodruff and tracking the race for a vaccine.
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