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Residents and staff of long-term care facilities (LTCFs) have been prioritized by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices for vaccination in the initial COVID-19 vaccine allocation phase in the US.1 Residents and staff of LTCFs, who live and work in congregate settings, are at increased risk for infection with SARS-CoV-2,2 and residents, given their advanced age and/or underlying chronic medical conditions, are at increased risk for severe outcomes.3
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Corresponding Author: Radhika Gharpure, DVM, MPH, COVID-19 Response, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Rd, Atlanta, GA 30329 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Published Online: February 24, 2021. doi:10.1001/jama.2021.2352
Conflict of Interest Disclosures: None reported.
Disclaimer: The findings and conclusions in this report are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position of CDC.
Additional Contributions: We thank collaborators from the CDC COVID-19 Response Team; CDC Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, CMS; American Health Care Association; and participating pharmacies, health departments, and long-term care facilities.
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