Long-term care residents will not get vaccine until next week

The state is expected to get 76,000 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine Monday — doses that will be given to frontline health care workers and people in long-term care facilities first.

And, while Gov. Phil Murphy trumpeted the fact that the state will begin vaccinating health care workers at 8 a.m. Tuesday at University Hospital in Newark, residents in long-term care facilities will have to wait a little longer.

Following CDC guidelines, the earliest such residents can get the vaccine will be Dec. 21.

CVS Health, which is one of the companies that will administer the vaccine to long-term care centers in the state, is ready to go, according to spokesperson Tara Burke.

Walgreens also was selected to administer the vaccine.

“The CDC has told states the earliest they can start vaccinating in long-term care facilities is Dec. 21,” Burke said. “For states that want to start then, we’ll be in facilities that day.

“In New Jersey, we will partner with over 1,100 long-term care, skilled nursing and assisted living facilities.”

Burke said Pfizer will ship the vaccine directly to CVS Health. Then, it’s just a matter of getting the OK from the state.

“The state determines when it starts,” she said.