White House Announces Vaccination Distribution Program for LTC Residents

Jackie Pappalardi and Lisa Volk in Clinical & Quality

On Friday, October 16, the White House announced the Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program—a national vaccine distribution program for long term care residents. 

The COVID-19 vaccine will likely become available in phases over the coming months. To prepare, the federal government has partnered with CVS and Walgreens to distribute and administer the vaccine to residents in long term care facilities. This program is free of charge and covers all of the reporting requirements associated with the vaccine. Vaccination for health care workers will be handled by states, and likely take place in early phases of distribution. 

Starting on Monday, October 19, long term care facilities (nursing homes, assisted living communities, ICF/IIDs and other congregate settings for older adults) will have two weeks to register with the CDC on how they want to receive and administer the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available. Nursing homes will be able to register through the NHSN website, while assisted living communities and other congregate settings can register through an online survey.  

We strongly encourage all long term care facilities to participate and register as soon as the portals open. This is critical to ensuring our vulnerable residents are among the first to receive a vaccine when it becomes available.  

The CDC is offering an overview and FAQs to help further explain the program, and we are also offering an overview. To prepare, we encourage you to review these materials, as well as: 

  • Compile the necessary information for the nursing home and assisted living portals, to inform CDC about your resident population 
  • Register now for one of our “Office Hours” on ahcancalED - we’ve already secured multiple times over the next two weeks with CDC staff to help answer your questions about this vaccination program 

Check our emails and website early next week for the registration links and any additional information


Also attached are Partner Packets, one for the Assisted Living and one for the Skilled Nursing facilities. 

Please email COVID19@ahca.org for additional questions, or visit ahcancal.org/coronavirus for more information.


Jackie Pappalardi, RN, BSN
Executive Director
518-462-4800 x16

Lisa Volk, RN, B.P.S., LNHA
Director, Clinical & Quality Services
518-462-4800 x15