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Insurers to arrange shots for older Americans
The White House unveiled plans by large health insurers to accelerate vaccination of 2 million people 65 and older “as soon as possible.” The insurers will reach out to vulnerable seniors with information on the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine and help schedule and arrange transportation to the vaccination site, White House coronavirus adviser Andy Slavitt said. Slavitt also said the federal government is spending $100 million to rework Merck Co.’s manufacturing plants to allow production of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine.
“Thanks to everyone’s collective actions, we are now on track not only to catch up, but to have enough vaccine supply for every American adult by the end of May,” Slavitt said.