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Insurers launch pilot program aimed at getting 2 million American seniors vaccinated

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Residents await to receive a Pfizer-BioNtech Covid-19 vaccine at The Palace, an independent residential community for senior citizens, on January 12, 2021 in Coral Gables in Miami, Florida, USA.

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More than a dozen health insurers are starting a pilot program to vaccinate 2 million American seniors as quickly as possible, President Joe Biden’s senior advisor for the Covid-19 pandemic announced on Wednesday.

The pilot program – called Vaccine Community Connecters – aims to educate seniors about the vaccines, schedule admissions and arrange transportation, advisor Andy Slavitt told reporters during a press conference at the White House.

Insurers will also talk about “effectiveness, safety and the value of vaccinating vaccines,” said Slavitt, who served in the Obama administration, adding that insurers may deploy mobile vans in neediest communities.

The announcement comes as the Biden government works to increase supplies of Covid-19 vaccines and reach the majority of Americans as soon as possible. Around 51.8 million out of around 331 million Americans have received at least their first dose of Covid vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And 26.2 million of those people have already had their second shot, which is roughly 10% of the total US adult population, according to the CDC.

The risk of developing serious illness with Covid-19 increases with age, with older adults being the highest risk, according to the CDC.

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