Here’s How Pharmacy Chains Plan To Receive And Rollout COVID-19 Vaccines
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
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The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) is eager to get vaccines into 40,000 pharmacy locations across the United States.
NACDS Senior Vice President Kathleen Jaeger said a group of 19 pharmacy chains across the U.S. could start to receive some quantity of COVID-19 vaccines at their brick and mortar locations starting Thursday.
For the time being, Jaeger said an appointment system will be used by many pharmacies as they receive vaccine allocations. This approach provides older Americans, and those at the highest risk for COVID-19, the opportunity to social distance and do most of the paperwork, like written consent, online.
“Based on conservative assumptions, pharmacies have the capacity to meet the demand for 100 million vaccine doses in just one month when that level of the vaccine supply is available,” Anderson said.
“Pharmacies that are participating with the state will receive their notice and their first allocation of the transfer of the vaccine from that state. Moving forward transfers can occur each week with the transfer occurring at pharmacies on Thursday moving forward," Jaeger said.
To ensure proper tracking of the COVID-19 vaccines, pharmacies will have between 24 to 72 hours to upload vaccine supply and administration data, depending on their state.
“The orders are going through the v-track system by CDC and actually the states and the pharmacies are all working together to get the populations vaccinated,” Jaeger said. “And all the orders that are going through that system are actually reviewed and approved by Operation Warpspeed.”
Next week, California will be rolling out a new system for people to register for notifications regarding vaccine eligibility. And the state just approved anyone 65 or older to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
In order to properly vaccinate at pharmacies, supplies need to increase. That may happen around the beginning of February if the one-dose Johnson & Johnson shot receives emergency-use authorization.
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