Anderson told reporters in a call on Wednesday: “Based on conservative assumptions, pharmacies have the ability to meet the demand for 100 million doses of vaccine within one month after the one-month vaccine supply level is reached.”
According to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, so far, the United States has only vaccinated about 1
The pharmacy chain says they can help fill this gap.
According to Anderson, NACDS represents 40,000 pharmacies and 155,000 pharmacists. The organization stated that 90% of Americans live within five miles of retail pharmacies, and the “dormant” federal pharmacy partnership program can open the door to the ability to use chain pharmacies.
The organization said in a statement: “Retail pharmacies in the United States can easily manage 100 million doses of vaccine in 30 days.”
“As the store deploys more vaccinators-pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, pharmacy interns, nurses, clinicians, EMT, etc., this solution can easily be further improved.”
The chain stores made their own optimistic plans on Wednesday.
Walgreens predicts that once the vaccine is available to a wider population, by the end of this summer, the United States will have 30 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine.
The drugstore chain is hiring and training personnel, and has added digital and telephone booking capabilities to prepare for a wider vaccine launch.
Walgreens Chief Operating Officer Alexander Gourlay said at the 39th Annual Healthcare Conference of JP Morgan: “We make sure that once the vaccine is fully available, everyone is ready for the vaccine. We believe it may be April and March.” The meeting.
Gourlay estimates that by the end of this summer, 300 million doses of vaccine will be used across the country-enough to vaccinate 150 million people-of which approximately 100 million doses will be administered by retail pharmacies.
CVS has even larger plans to manage 100 million doses.
Karen Lynch, executive vice president of CVS, said at the JP Morgan Health Conference: “We very much hope that the federal plan will soon open and establish more direct distribution channels in pharmacies across the country.
Lynch said that CVS currently has the capacity to administer 25 million vaccinations per month through its retail locations across the country, or about one million per day.
Lynch said: “Our business scope is very wide.” The company’s 10,000 stores can cover 85% of the US population.
In the early stages of vaccine launch, CVS has been administering vaccines in long-term care facilities after states allocate vaccine doses under contracts with the federal government. Lynch said the pharmacy chain will provide one million vaccines in long-term care facilities this week.
She said: “As long as the federal plan is fully functional, we can open the aperture to get more shots on the arm.”