Many pharmacies already vaccinate people against a number of illnesses, including the flu and shingles. Some experts have suggested that pharmacies nationwide will have the capacity to administer 100 million doses of the cova 19 vaccine. Once supply is available based on conservative assumptions, pharmacies have the capacity to meet the demand for 100 million vaccine doses in one month when that level of a vaccine supply is available. Stephen anderson president and ceo of the national association of chain drug stores told reporters last month. Pharmacies are also readily accessible in most communities, with most americans living within five miles of a pharmacy white house. Cova 19 response coordinator, jeff zian, said earlier this week. Phase 1 will include only some pharmacies in certain states. The pharmacies that will have the vaccine are selected by the u.s centers for disease control and prevention in states, taking into account their ability to reach some of the populations most at risk for severe illness from covet 19, including socially vulnerable communities according to zeantz. In the early phase, many pharmacies across the country will not have vaccine or may have very limited supply. Sian said tuesday, cvs and walgreens will be getting a large share of the first shipment of vaccinations. Starting thursday cvs said it will be offering doses to people eligible in some of its stores in 11 states, including california, connecticut, hawaii, maryland massachusetts, new jersey, new york, rhode, island, south carolina, texas and virginia cvs will have about a quarter of the total initial million doses.
Walgreens said it will begin offering vaccines on february 12th 15 states, including chicago and other places in illinois, connecticut, delaware, kentucky maryland new hampshire, new mexico, new york, including new york city, north carolina, puerto rico, vermont, wisconsin and west virginia, not every cvs or walgreens pharmacy. In these states will have the vaccine in this initial phase. However, as moore supply becomes available, the company will expand to additional states while increasing the number of stores offering vaccinations. Cbs said in a news release walmart will be offering the vaccine in some of its stores. In alaska alabama arkansas, colorado, florida, georgia, idaho, indiana, kansas maine, minnesota, missouri, mississippi, nebraska, nevada, oklahoma, south dakota, tennessee, texas, utah, louisiana and wyoming once a store or club receives allocation, our online scheduler will be available to make appointments. Walmart said in a statement walmart said last month that it expects it will be able to administer 10 million to 13 million doses per month when supply and allocations allow across its more than 5000 pharmacies in united states and puerto rico, cvs has said. It eventually expects to be able to administer as many as 20 million to 25 million shots per month across its nearly 10 000 stores. You must be eligible to get a vaccine before booking an appointment. The pharmacies in the program will follow the state’s guidelines and only vaccinate people who are eligible in that state. Most states have followed the cdc’s recommendation and are offering vaccines to front line workers in the elderly and long term care facilities.
Right now, appointments can be made online or by phone. Experts are hopeful that vaccination appointments will eliminate, wait times for clients and make the process similar to getting a flu vaccination at your local drugstore. There is normally a 15 minute wait time after getting the kova 19 shot, which is in place to make sure people don’t have an allergic reaction. Appointments can be made online or by phone at walgreens. Appointments can be booked through a vaccine scheduler. The cvs website lets you search by state requiring everyone to have an appointment will also help stores make sure people are socially distanced and that there’s no crowding vaccines are by appointment. So we know how many people will need to be observed. A walmart spokesperson told cnn: in an email in locations where walmart will host vaccination clinics, it will have floor. Decals to mark social distancing stores will also space out chairs, so people are socially distant. Everyone will be able to get the vaccine at no cost. Even people who have no health insurance or are underinsured challenges include supply and staffing vaccine supply. This stage is the main challenge. There will only be one million doses sent to drug stores at first and it’s, not clear if or when the allocation to drug stores will be increased, that will ramp up over time as more supply becomes available. Cvs has hired around 10 000 pharmacy technicians to administer vaccines and coronavirus testing michael deangelis, a cvs spokesman said it plans to have around 90 000 employees, including pharmacists, licensed pharmacy technicians and nurses.
Administering vaccines walmart has not put a number on how many pharmacy staff members it will need to add for vaccine administering, but it is offering current staff a bonus for referring qualified candidates. A walmart spokesperson, told cnn in an email supply constraints and a patchwork system of vaccine eligibility by states are not the only challenges facing these chains and their staff. The pharmacy chains are also preparing for misinformation online about the vaccine as well. Giant eagle, which has more than 400 stores in five states, has prepared talking points for its more than 600 pharmacists who will administer the vaccine. The goal is to help combat false information about the virus. Victor verkhaman chief pandemic officer at the chain said in an interview last month. We are also doing our best to educate the public to help them sift through what might be on social media. What might be factual, what might be opinion around topics like covet vaccine safety? He said pharmacies are ready. Trade group says once the supply of vaccine is available. Pharmacies around the country could be vaccinating seven people an hour and 100 million a month, even with current staffing. According to the national association of chain drugstores, the group’s model assumes that 40 000 chain pharmacies, including traditional drug stores, like cvs and walgreens grocery stores like kroger and large retailers such as walmart and costco, can administer 3.3 million vaccinations per day. The model does not include independent pharmacies in the united states that will also administer the vaccine and or part of the federal partnership.
If all of the nearly 17 000 independent pharmacies that give immunizations had the vaccine, they could administer approximately 1.28 million per days.