CDC panel votes to recommend that healthcare workers, long-term care residents get vaccine first

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory panel voted 13-1 on Tuesday to give health-care workers and long-term care facility residents the first coronavirus vaccine doses once it’s cleared for public use -- possibly in about two weeks.

This applies to about 21 million health care workers and three million residents of long-term care facilities, according to a presentation during the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, consisting of outside medical experts who advise the CDC.

According to Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, most states and local jurisdictions expect it to take three weeks to vaccinate all of their healthcare workers.

Moderna and Pfizer have both requested emergency clearance from the FDA last month for their vaccines.

The FDA has scheduled a Dec. 10 meeting to discuss Pfizer's request for emergency clearance.