The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention panel responsible for guiding the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines voted Tuesday 13 to 1 to include both healthcare workers and residents of long-term care facilities in the first group that will receive inoculations.
“We see that the individuals living in long term care facilities … are at an exceptional risk for mortality morbidity due to this virus and disease,” said Dr. Jose Romero, chairman of the committee. “I believe that my vote reflects maximum benefit, minimum harm.”
The body, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, prioritized healthcare workers because they are essential to the COVID-19 response. Long-term care