Pharmacies Reopen Vaccination Services
A Maryland based pharmacy chain announced that all vaccinations recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) are once again available.
Giant Food, a regional grocery chain near Washington, DC, stated in a press statement it’s 153 in-store pharmacies have resumed vaccination services which were delayed due to the COVID-19 disease pandemic.
All vaccines are administered by Giant's certified in-store pharmacists and require no advance appointment.
This is important news since the 2020-2021 influenza season in the Northern Hemisphere is fast approaching.
Influenza vacations during the 2019-2020 flu season were about 45 percent effective at protecting people from the viral illness, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Unfortunately, a total of 182 influenza-associated pediatric fatalities occurred during the 2019-2020 season.
"Now it is more critical than ever for individuals to take preventative measures to protect themselves and their communities from sickness and staying up-to-date with recommended vaccines is an important first step," says Paul Zvaleny, Giant Food's Director of Pharmacy Operations.
"After pausing non-urgent services in April, we are looking forward to offering vaccinations to our customers and continuing to do our part to keep our communities healthy while following social distancing guidelines and strict safety procedures."
Giant pharmacies have implemented the additional health and safety policies when administering immunizations: maintaining social distancing measures, equipping associates with personal protective equipment consisting of face masks, face shields, and gloves, increasing disinfection procedures between vaccine administrations, and following additional screening processes for patients.
As part of its ongoing effort to support the well-being of customers, Giant pharmacists will continue offering customers free expert consultations. For more information on Giant, visit Giant Food.
Pharmacists in all states are allowed to administer a long list of vaccinations, but state laws do vary. Also, in some states, certain vaccines require a doctor's prescription.
When in doubt, check with your local pharmacist.
Influenza vaccine news published by Precision Vaccinations.