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DEERFIELD, Ill. — As new state legislation takes effect Monday to help bring greater patient access to vaccines, Walgreens has significantly expanded vaccine availability at all of its 204 locations across Indiana, the retailer announced.
“As some of the most trusted healthcare professionals in communities across Indiana, this is an excellent opportunity for our pharmacists to help educate residents about the importance of adult vaccinations and to improve immunization rates through greater access,” stated Chris Creamer, Walgreens market pharmacy director. “We’ve demonstrated through flu seasons and other health initiatives the important role Walgreens is playing in health care today.”
Pharmacists are currently authorized to provide all adolescent and adult immunizations recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with a prescription. Now, five of those vaccines are available without a prescription at Walgreens pharmacies daily, with no appointment necessary. The bill was signed by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence in late April.
With vaccine available at all Walgreens pharmacies in Indiana, patients age 11 and older do not require a prescription for influenza, tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap), Human papillomavirus (HPV) or meningococcal vaccines. In addition, patients age 65 and older will no longer need a prescription for pneumococcal vaccine. Flu shots will also be available beginning in August.