Biden Administration Will Ship COVID-19 Vaccines Directly To Pharmacies

A pharmacy service technician prepares doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at a mass vaccination occasion on Saturday in Denver.

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A pharmacy service technician prepares doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at a mass vaccination event on Saturday in Denver.

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The program will begin on Feb. 11 on a limited basis, with vaccines sent to about 6,500 shops nationwide, Jeff Zients, the White Houses COVID-19 action coordinator, told press reporters on Tuesday. He said the effort would then scale up, which ultimately as much as 40,000 retail drug stores, consisting of Walgreens, CVS and Rite Aid locations, would receive doses straight from the federal government.

The vaccines sent out to drug stores will remain in addition to the countless dosages sent out weekly to states, territories and tribes that are sometimes administered at local pharmacies.

The Biden administration has actually revealed that it will begin delivering about 1 million COVID-19 vaccine doses a week directly to thousands of retail drug stores, in an effort to attend to equity issues and accelerate the countrys important shot effort.

In his remarks, Zients stressed that equity of vaccine circulation is a key component of the pharmacy effort. In numerous locations around the U.S., white individuals are getting immunized at much greater rates than are people of color.

In his remarks, Zients stressed that equity of vaccine distribution is a crucial part of the drug store effort. President Biden has actually pledged getting 100 million vaccine dosages into arms in the first 100 days of his administration. That speed, of 1 million dosages a day, is currently being exceeded. White House officials have actually called Bidens objective “a floor not a ceiling.”

The pharmacy program was first reported by Politico.

As soon as the program starts, Zients said those wanting to get vaccinated must follow their states current eligibility requirements and, if eligible, then inspect with their regional drug store to see if there is vaccine accessibility.

Zients, who had simply completed a call with guvs, also announced a minor boost in the dosages states might expect over the next few weeks, from 10 million dosages a week to about 10.5 million. The Biden administration had actually just revealed that short-term increase approximately 10 million doses a week, from 8.6 million.

Zients likewise stated that the Federal Emergency Management Agency would fully compensate states for National Guard activations and other emergency arrangements connected to COVID-19, returning to the beginning of the pandemic, in January 2020. That financing does not need congressional action and will come at a cost of $3 billion to $5 billion, Zients approximated.

NPR reported Monday that vaccine-maker Moderna had made substantial development in increasing its deliveries to the U.S. government, while Pfizer, which has an authorized vaccine with its German equivalent BioNTech, was lagging behind.

” [Pharmacy] sites are selected based upon their capability to reach some of the populations most at risk for serious illness from COVID-19, consisting of socially vulnerable communities,” stated Zients, who added that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will keep track of the site information for equity issues.

President Biden has pledged getting 100 million vaccine doses into arms in the very first 100 days of his administration. That pace, of 1 million dosages a day, is currently being surpassed. White House officials have actually called Bidens goal “a flooring not a ceiling.”