NCPA Statement on Initial Launch of Federal Retail Pharmacy Program

Fully incorporate independent pharmacies in rollout plans, says NCPA

NCPA February 2, 2021

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Feb. 2, 2021) — The National Community Pharmacists Association released the following statement from CEO B. Douglas Hoey, pharmacist, MBA, in response to the Biden administration’s plans to ship coronavirus vaccine doses directly to select pharmacies across the country:

“When independent pharmacies have access to the vaccine, they are able to quickly get the coronavirus shots in patients’ arms. We are encouraged by these efforts to accelerate vaccine distribution, and strongly encourage the administration and state policymakers to fully include small business pharmacies in their plans.”


Founded in 1898, the National Community Pharmacists Association is the voice for the community pharmacist, representing more than 21,000 pharmacies that employ 250,000 individuals nationwide. Community pharmacies are rooted in the communities where they are located and are among America's most accessible health care providers. To learn more, visit