CDC panel advises states to prioritize health care workers, nursing home residents for COVID-19 vaccine

States are making plans for distributing COVID-19 vaccines when they become available. (Fiona Goodall/Getty Images)

Those two groups have been hit hard during the coronavirus pandemic. Nationally, there have been 730,000 COVID-19 cases and 100,240 deaths from the virus among long-term care facility residents and staff, according to the CDC. Among health care personnel, there have been at least 243,000 COVID-19 cases and 858 deaths.