Based on the client’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendation, Walgreens will begin scheduling Pfizer coronavirus vaccine doses at 3 weeks intervals.
According to a report from the New York Times on Monday, the interval between openings of American pharmacy chains has so far been four weeks, which is one week longer than the recommended period. This is because the extended schedule makes it faster and easier to schedule appointments.
Beginning this weekend, Walgreens’ vaccine scheduling system will begin injections at three-week intervals, while maintaining the four-week period recommended for Moderna̵
Kevin Ban, the chief medical officer of Walgreens, previously stated that separating Moderna and Pfizer’s vaccines at the same time was “the easiest way to get up based on the ability at the time.”
The Times pointed out that other major pharmacy chains, such as CVS and Rite Aid, have complied with CDC’s guidance on spacing out vaccines, with Pfizer injections about 20 to 23 days apart.
The newspaper reported that there was no evidence that another week would reduce the effectiveness of the vaccine, and the CDC stated that the vaccine could be separated by as long as six weeks.
However, Kate Grusich, a spokesperson for the CDC, told the New York Times that Walgreens’ scheduling decisions still confuse customers and attract the attention of federal health officials.
According to Walgreens, it has injected 8 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine so far, and is expected to inject 26 to 34 million doses by the end of August.