The Biden administration said Tuesday it will begin distributing a limited number of Covid-19 vaccine doses directly to retail pharmacies across the nation. Many pharmacies are already administering vaccine doses that have been allocated to states.
Under the new program, the federal government would ship doses directly to pharmacies. The new pharmacy initiative — which is aimed at broadening access to vaccines generally — is separate from an ongoing federal program to have Walgreens and CVS vaccinate residents of long-term care facilities.
At least one participant, CVS Health, plans to begin offering vaccinations to “eligible populations” using doses from the federal program on the first day, Feb. 11. Another participant, Walgreens, will begin using its federal doses on Feb. 12.
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SCOOP: The Biden admin plans to announce today it will begin distributing a limited number of Covid-19 vaccine doses directly to retail pharmacies across the nation.
Only about 1 million doses per week will be made available through the program at first.https://t.co/479k3W7aGM
— David Lim (@davidalim) February 2, 2021