Retail Pharmacy Program Launched

Regulation | February 03, 2021 | by Linda Couch

The federal government has launched the first phase of the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program for COVID-19 Vaccination. According to the CDC, the program will begin with per capita allocations to each jurisdiction that will divided among the selected pharmacy partners based on number of stores and their reach.

The federal government has launched the first phase of the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program for COVID-19 Vaccination. According to the CDC, the program will begin with per capita allocations to each jurisdiction that will divided among the selected pharmacy partners based on number of stores and their reach.

The program is being implemented incrementally based on the available vaccine supply, with select retail pharmacy locations providing COVID-19 vaccine to eligible individuals. As vaccine availability increases over time, the program will expand to ultimately include 21 national pharmacy partners and networks of independent pharmacies representing over 40,000 pharmacy locations nationwide.

The CDC has posted the initial list of 6500 participating pharmacies, which also can be viewed by state. These pharmacies will begin receiving vaccines through the Retail Pharmacy program during the week of February 8 and, starting on February 11, those eligible for the vaccine will have the opportunity to be vaccinated

As part of its announcement of the Retail Pharmacy program, the White House said, “Americans should check their pharmacy’s website to find out if vaccine is available as supply will be limited in the initial phase.”

The CDC’s Retail Pharmacy website also includes a Frequently Asked Questions. For example, the answer to, Which populations are receiving vaccinations through this program?, the answer is: The eligibility criteria for vaccination is determined by each state and territory. Pharmacy partners will focus on vaccinating individuals who are eligible for vaccination based on these state-selected criteria. These population groups may include healthcare workers, other essential workers, and elderly people. Specific population groups will vary by state or territory.