Many Americans logged on to websites before sunrise, waited in long lines and spent hours getting Covid vaccines

In nursing homes, however, many people have responded in reverse to vaccination options: About 60% of workers in long-term care facilities turned down the shots, said Rick Gates, senior vice president of pharmacy and health at Walgreens.He said about 20% of residents got the vaccines refused

“We found that vaccine delay – especially among those who work in these facilities – was higher than expected,” he said at CNBC’s “Healthy Returns” on Tuesday

Walgreens and CVS Health were selected by the federal government to deliver vaccines to residents and employees at thousands of long-term care facilities across the country – nursing home and assisted living were high on the priority list along with healthcare workers as they disproportionately high levels of Covid 19 outbreaks and deaths had

The rejected vaccines point to another challenge the country will face, especially as pharmacies and community clinics receive more doses: convincing the majority of Americans to get the life-saving vaccine that is meant to protect the general public and to promote the economy gradually helps to return to a certain degree of normalcy

Gates said excess doses of vaccine from long-term care facilities were ultimately returned to the states or given to other high-priority individuals

Starting Friday, Walgreens will be offering vaccines in some stores in 15 states, as well as in the cities of Chicago and New York, as part of a federal pharmacy program.It will be delivering the vaccines to priority groups in these stores, such as elderly Americans or people with medical conditions

Gates said the pharmacy chain looks forward to playing a bigger role in the vaccination effort, but “vaccine availability is the biggest obstacle”” He said he expected the cans to be available to the general public in all Walgreens stores in late March or early April

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