UPDATE 1-Walgreens starts administering Pfizer vaccine in nursing homes, care facilities

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Dec 18 (Reuters) - Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc said on Friday it had begun administering Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to residents and staff at U.S. long-term care facilities.

The pharmacy chain plans to administer the vaccine to about 3 million residents and staff in 35,000 long-term care facilities.

Walgreens said it would provide vaccinations in about 800 long-term care facilities across 12 states in the coming week.

CVS Health Corp and Walgreens which run the nation’s largest pharmacy chains but also offer other offsite pharmacy services, have an agreement with the federal government to vaccinate nursing home residents across the country through a voluntary program. (Reporting by Manas Mishra and Dania Nadeem in Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta and Maju Samuel)