Approximately 170 people at Symphony Linden received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine Friday, Jan. 8.

 CVS Pharmacy employees administered the inoculations to staff and guests at the assisted living facility in downtown Linden. They began at 11 a.m. and finished at approximately 7:30 p.m., said Stephanie Viener, assisted living sales director at Symphony.

 They will receive the second doses three weeks from Friday, Jan. 8.

 Viener said it was a “really positive” feeling that day.

 “A lot of people are really excited to get the vaccine. Just after everything we’ve been through … I think people were just relieved and happy and excited to get it done,” she said.

 CVS and Walgreens are both vaccinating residents and staff at skilled nursing facilities and other skilled nursing and long-term care facilities as part of the federal program Pharmacy Partnership for Long-term Care Program.

 Every weekday at 4 p.m., CVS updates its numbers at cvshealth.com.

 As of Monday, Jan. 11, CVS had administered 18,946 first doses in 213 skilled nursing facilities, as well as 5,033 first doses in 98 assisted living and other long term facilities.

 CVS stated they plan to vaccinate about 140,000 people in Michigan over the next 12 weeks.

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