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Millions Are Skipping Their Second Doses of Covid-19 Vaccines

Millions of Americans are not getting the second doses of their Covid-19 vaccines, and their ranks are growing.More than five million people, or nearly 8 percent of those who got a first shot of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, have missed their second doses, according to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That is more than double the rate among people who got inoculated in the first several weeks of the nationwide vaccine campaign.Even as the country wrestles with the problem of millions of people who are wary about getting vaccinated at all, …

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With Vaccines in More Drugstores, Pharmacies Go on Hiring Sprees

“Since the vaccine got approved, our numbers have just gone through the roof,” said Scott Knoer, the association’s chief executive.Pharmacy technicians, too, are in high demand. They traditionally have done things like loading syringes and checking people in. Until recently, only a few states allowed the technicians to give shots. But the Trump administration in October issued guidance authorizing them to administer Covid-19 vaccines under the supervision of a pharmacist.While not all vaccine providers are letting technicians give the shots, the regulatory change is creating thousands of new vaccinators.Ms. Shah, the Walgreens executive, said the combination …

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Frustrations Boil at Pace of Vaccinations at Long-Term Care Facilities

In mid-December, a top Trump administration official floated an enticing possibility: All nursing home residents in the United States could be vaccinated against the coronavirus by Christmas. “It’s really a remarkable, remarkable prospect,” Alex M. Azar II, the secretary of health and human services, declared.It turned out to be a fantasy.A month later, vaccinations of some of the country’s most vulnerable citizens are going more slowly than many state officials, industry executives and families expected. Their hopes had been buoyed when government officials said long-term care facilities would be at the front of the line for …

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Vaccination Campaign at Nursing Homes Faces Obstacles and Confusion

CVS and Walgreens have created paper and digital consent forms that nursing homes can use. Consent must be given in advance; the pharmacies need to know how many doses of the vaccine, which must be kept very cold, to bring with them.There’s significant confusion among nursing homes about getting consent, especially when it involves representatives who aren’t physically at the nursing home and can’t come because of concerns about spreading the virus. Will an email suffice? What about consent over the phone? Or will consent forms have to be signed, either in hard copy or electronically? …

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