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December 18, 2020

Health Law Daily

Confusion Reigns Over Issue Of Consent In Nursing Home Vaccinations

  • December 18, 2020

The New York Times (12/17) reports, “There remains widespread confusion about a key element of the plan to protect some of the most vulnerable Americans against the coronavirus,” which is “how nursing homes will get consent to vaccinate residents who aren’t able to make their own medical decisions.” Some states “are starting vaccinations in their nursing homes this week, but a broader nationwide effort will start in earnest on Monday as CVS and Walgreens employees begin to arrive at tens of thousands of nursing homes and assisted-living facilities to vaccinate staff and residents.” A CVS executive “said such residents’ legal representatives will be able to provide consent to nursing homes electronically or over the phone, but officials at multiple large nursing home chains said they were not aware of that.”