UPDATED 11:15 AM PT – Sunday, December 13, 2020
A federal health official said the coronavirus vaccine could be administered to all nursing home patients by Christmas.
In an interview on Sunday, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said the Trump administration aims to have nursing homes stocked with the vaccine in an effort to treat the most at-risk patients as soon as possible.
We now have begun the distribution of millions of doses of the first @US_FDA authorized COVID-19 vaccine across the United States.
— Secretary Alex Azar (@SecAzar) December 13, 2020
Azar added almost all of the nursing homes nationwide had signed up for the federal distribution program. He called the progress “remarkable.”
“The vaccines are going out, as soon as they receive the vaccines, this is according to the governors telling us to ship to them, we could have every nursing home patient vaccinated in the United States by Christmas,” Azar noted. “It’s really a remarkable, remarkable progress.”
According to reports, elderly and frontline workers will receive the vaccination first. The general population is expected to receive it soon thereafter.