Share on Pinterest Experts say that the COVID-19 vaccine protects residents of long-term care facilities as well as the people who take care of them. Morsa Images / Getty Images The CDC recommends that residents of long-term care facilities be among the first to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. They note that long-term care facilities can be superspreaders of the virus if preventive measures aren’t taken. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use last week. Today, an FDA panel recommended that the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine also been given an emergency green light.