HHS to Partner with Pharmacies for COVID-19 Vaccines
This week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced partnerships with large chain pharmacies and networks to increase access to future COVID-19 vaccines. Through the federal partnership with pharmacy chains, approximately 60 percent of pharmacies throughout the 50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Independent pharmacies and regional pharmacy chains will also be part of the federal pharmacy program, further increasing access to COVID-19 vaccines throughout the country.
In addition to traditional brick-and-mortar pharmacies, pharmacists, pharmacy interns, and pharmacy technicians will provide vaccinations in retail and grocery stores. Pharmacies that do not participate in the federal allocation program are encouraged to be part of the solution and are instructed to coordinate with their jurisdiction’s health department to become COVID-19 vaccine providers.
The full announcement from HHS is available here.