Bay Area residents desperate for answers about CVS’ slow COVID-19 vaccine rollout at long-term care facilities

21 January 2021

SONOMA COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) — Frustration and confusion continue over the slow rollout of COVID-19 vaccines for the high-risk residents of long-term care facilities in California, and throughout the U.S.

“They have no idea when they’re going to be vaccinated,” said Carole LaRochelle who’s concerned about her 88-year-old mother Dora, who is in assisted living in Sonoma County.

According to the CDC, long-term care facility residents and staff members account for 39% of coronavirus deaths in the U.S.

“It feels like it’s a race to try and get my mother vaccinated before she gets exposed to COVID and could possibly die,” said LaRochelle.

Along with health care workers, long-term care residents like Dora are in tier 1A. Tier 1B includes individuals 65 and older, like LaRochelle’s 90-year-old father who lives at home in Santa Rosa, but managed to get vaccinated before Dora.

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