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CDC Panel: Vaccinate Healthcare Staff, Long-Term Care Residents First

CDC Panel: Vaccinate Healthcare Staff, Long-Term Care Residents First
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By    |   Tuesday, 01 December 2020 07:31 PM

An advisory committee meeting at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention voted Tuesday to recommend healthcare staff and long-term care facility residents get the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Key U.S. government advisers urged the recommendations, citing the high risk for infection within these groups and the positive effects on hospitals.

The recommendations passed by a vote of 13-1, and the "phase 1a" will be sent to CDC Director Robert Redfield for approval to become official CDC guidance, The Hill reported.

Most state and local jurisdictions expect to be able to vaccinate their healthcare workers within three weeks of receiving the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, an official from the CDC said Tuesday.

Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, spoke during a meeting of the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) to discuss which groups should receive COVID-19 vaccines once they are available, possibly in December.

Also, the CDC told President Donald Trump's coronavirus task force the recommended time in quarantine would be seven days for those who test negative after exposure to COVID-19, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

For those who do not take a test, the recommended quarantine is 10 days, the people said. At present, CDC guidelines for people who have been exposed is to "stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19.

The CDC recommendations do not have to be followed by states, but they do have a Friday deadline to submit vaccination distribution plans to the federal government, so this guidance is very likely to be the basis for that, per The Hill.

States have the leeway to come up with their own plan to fit their needs.

Under these guidelines, it is noteworthy people over 65, essential works, and those with underlying health conditions will have to wait for a second phase distribution, according to the ACIP, The Hill reported.

There are about 3 million living in long-term care facilities, about 21 million healthcare workers, about 53 million senior citizens, about 87 million essential workers, and more than 100 million people with underlying medical conditions, the ACIP noted, per the report.

A CDC presentation released at the meeting showed the agency expects around 40 million COVID-19 vaccine doses will be available by the end of December, with shipments of 5 million to 10 million doses being made per week once a vaccine is authorized by regulators.

Regulators are set to rule within weeks on emergency use of a Pfizer Inc.-BioNTech SE vaccine, followed quickly by a decision on a Moderna Inc. shot.

Information from Bloomberg and Reuters was used in this report.

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An advisory committee meeting at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention voted Tuesday to recommend healthcare staff and long-term care facility residents get the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
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