Insurers plan outreach to 2 million vulnerable seniors

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BOSTON (SHNS) – More than a dozen U.S. health insurance companies are embarking on a pilot program to get more than 2 million seniors vaccinated as fast as possible, according to the White House.

Acting Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Director Andy Slavitt announced the pilot on Wednesday.

Under it, the health plans will make calls to unvaccinated Americans over the age of 65 who live in “areas of high social vulnerability,” according to a transcript of the acting director’s comments.

“They’ll talk to them about vaccine efficacy, safety, and the value of vaccinations,” Slavitt said. “Then they will facilitate vaccine registration and appointment scheduling for seniors. They’ll arrange transportation to and from a vaccination site and ensure seniors get back for a second shot. They’ll also look to deploy mobile vans into communities of need.”

The program is called the Vaccine Community Connectors pilot.

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