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Maryland turns attention to vaccinating seniors in independent living

Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine
Posted at 10:14 AM, Feb 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-09 12:31:46-05

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland is turning its attention to vaccinating senior independent living facilities and communities.

They were not part of a previously planned partnership between the federal government and CVS/Walgreens to distribute vaccines to nursing homes and assisted livings.

The goal of local and state agencies will now be to identify all independent living communities, 65 and older, in each jurisdiction that aren't registered under the CVS/Walgreens plan.

Initially the plan is for local agencies on aging to identify just one community in each jurisdiction per week.

Here is a look at how the state plans to prioritize vaccinations at these locations.

1. High density independent living facilities with a majority of 75+
2. High density independent living facilities with a majority of 65+
3. Independent living communities that has a majority of their population with 65+
4. Other independent living communities that have significant 65+ populations

Local agencies and independent living communities will also be responsible for collaborating to identify and develop a partnership with a registered COVID-19 vaccination provider to carry out the plan.

Each Monday at 2 pm status updates will be given to the state to make sure proper allocations are available.

The first three locations to receive vaccinations will be Leisure World in Silver Spring along with Epiphany House and Gallagher Mansion in Baltimore City.

Over the next few weeks, more than 7,000 residents ages 65 and over will be vaccinated at all three locations.

As for the CVS/Walgreens program, it is currently conducting second doses in nursing homes, and first doses at assisted livings.