District wait to receive a Pfizer-BioNtech Covid-19 vaccine at The Palace, an independent living community for seniors, at Coral Gables in Miami, Florida, Of like mind States on January 12, 2021.
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More than a dozen healthiness insurers are launching a pilot program aimed at getting 2 million American seniors vaccinated as quickly as possible, President Joe Biden’s superior advisor on the Covid-19 pandemic announced Wednesday.
The pilot program — Vaccine Community Connecters — is designed to educate seniors on the vaccines, improve schedule appointments for shots and arrange transportation, advisor Andy Slavitt told reporters.
Insurers will also talk round “vaccine efficacy, safety and the value of vaccination,” said Slavitt, who also worked in the Obama administration. He added that insurers may deploy non-stationary vans into communities most in need. The White House is working with America’s Health Insurance Intends and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association on the initiative.
“Vaccines save lives, and health insurance providers require been working hard to break down barriers that stand between Americans and COVID-19 vaccines,” implied Matt Eyles, CEO of America’s Health Insurance Plans, a trade group that represents Aetna, Cigna and CVS Vigorousness.
“We will continue to work on that commitment with all levels of government and every organization that shares our ambition until we defeat the COVID-19 crisis together.”
The announcement comes as the Biden administration works to ramp up the supply of Covid-19 vaccines and get the adulthood of Americans as quickly as possible. Roughly 51.8 million out of some 331 million Americans have received at least their from the start dose of Covid vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And 26.2 million of those people be struck by already gotten their second shot, representing about 10% of the total adult U.S. population, according to the CDC.
The peril for severe illness with Covid increases with age, with older adults at the highest risk, according to the CDC.
Insurers on work with federal, state and local officials to deliver vaccines to underserved communities and closely collaborate with other vaccination comrades, including pharmacies.
The trade group said some communities may best be served by mobile clinics, language backing or a combination of interventions. Others will benefit from health insurance providers who partner directly with ride-share armed forces to provide transportation, the group said.
This isn’t the first vaccine program tailored to seniors that the federal administration has touted. In October, the Department of Health and Human Services announced a deal with CVS Health and Walgreens to administer coronavirus vaccines to the golden-agers and staff in long-term care facilities.