Appendix A: ACIP Recommendation and Definitions

On December 1, 2020, ACIP recommended that, when a COVID-19 vaccine is authorized by FDA and recommended by ACIP, both 1) health care personnel and 2) residents of long-term care facilities be offered vaccination in the initial phase of the COVID-19 vaccination program

ACIP defines health care personnel as paid or unpaid persons serving in health care settings who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials. These include people providing clinical care as well as support staff members, such as food and environmental staff.

ACIP defines long-term care facility residents as adults who reside in facilities that provide a variety of services, including medical and personal care, to persons who are unable to live independently. These include adults residing in skilled nursing facilities, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities.


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