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Senior living and other long-term care providers now have until Nov. 6 to sign up for the Partnership for Long-Term Care Program, according to the American Health Care Association / National Center for Assisted Living.

The organizations relayed the new deadline Tuesday. The deadline had been this Friday, Oct. 30.

The federal program, announced Oct. 16 by the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Defense, will enable long-term care residents and staff members to be vaccinated against COVID-19 free of charge to them when a vaccine becomes available. As of Friday, more than 9,000 long-term care providers had signed up for the program, according to HHS.

Assisted living communities, independent living communities, continuing care retirement communities (also known as life plan communities), residential care homes, adult family homes, skilled nursing facilities and nursing homes are eligible.

HHS said that senior living operators who wish to participate should complete this form.

Skilled nursing and other types of long-term care facilities certified by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services that report data through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Healthcare Safety Network should log in to NHSN and look for the link to the program under “alerts,” according to HHS.

The Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program, which is in cooperation with CVS Health and Walgreens, is voluntary; operators may choose to use their current pharmacy contracts for their COVID-19 vaccination efforts.

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