NACDS welcomes HHS decision to empower pharmacists to administer COVID-19 vaccinations

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“This is an extremely important decision by the Administration."

ARLINGTON, Va. — NACDS president and CEO Steven Anderson issued a statement Thursday upon the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issuanceof guidance under the Public Readiness and

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Emergency Preparedness Act (PREP Act) to expand access to safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines when they are made available. This guidance authorizes state-licensed pharmacists to order and administer, and state- licensed or registered pharmacy interns acting under the supervision of the qualified pharmacist to administer, COVID-19 vaccinations to persons ages 3 or older, subject to certain requirements.

Anderson’s statement is as follows:

“This is an extremely important decision by the Administration. When safe and effective COVID-19 vaccinations are available, it will be essential to have pharmacies and pharmacists prepared to be ‘ready, set, go.’

“NACDS has emphasized that America’s pharmacies present patients and the nation with an efficient, effective and essential component of vaccine deployment. There is a community pharmacy within five miles of 90 percent of Americans. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study found that including pharmacies in a pandemic vaccination model can help the nation vaccinate 80 percent of the population seven weeks faster. The Administration’s action today reflects these facts.

“In the best interest of public health, it will be essential for this decision to be recognized by all as a clear runway, without further barriers, so pharmacies and pharmacists can prepare completely to administer COVID-19 vaccinations.

“We are committed to continuing the tremendous work that is underway to prepare fully to help reach all Americans, including those who have suffered from disparities of healthcare. Pharmacists are among the most trusted and accessible healthcare professionals, and that will go a long way in meeting the challenges facing our nation.”


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