Big-box chains are seeking help with vaccine administration

NCPA December 8, 2020

NCPA has heard from members around the country that CVS and Walgreens, the two national chains under contract with the CDC to administer COVID-19 vaccine in long-term care facilities, have been quietly reaching out to independent pharmacists for help. The two pharmacy chains are reaching out via email and door-to-door solicitations, trying to find independent pharmacists willing to help with what appears to be an acute staffing shortage for administering the vaccine in LTC facilities. In a Bloomberg piece published on Tuesday, NCPA CEO Douglas Hoey says the outreach suggests the chains don’t have enough people to run the massive effort. A spokesperson for CVS pushed back on the idea they have a staffing deficiency but pharmacists have copies of online posts, flyers and other solicitations.

NCPA will continue to monitor the situation and report on new developments.