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HHS decision authorizes pharmacy techs, interns to provide vaccines, COVID-19 tests

The Department of Health and Human Services has authorized qualified pharmacy technicians and state-authorized pharmacy interns to administer childhood vaccines, COVID-19 vaccines when made available, and COVID-19 tests.

Walgreens expands eligibility age for COVID-19 testing

The company now is offering COVID-19 tests for those 3 years old and older, expanding from its previous testing age cutoff of 18 years old and older. 

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Gilead Sciences' Veklury has been approved to treat hospitalized patients with COVID-19 who are 12 years old and older.

Heather Schultz, a Meijer pharmacist, highlighted the importance of flu vaccines during a U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation event.

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As part of the White House's Operation Warp Speed, the two retailers will be supplying long-term care facilities' residents and staff, as well as other vulnerable groups, with the COVID-19 vaccine once it is approved and available.

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Abbott’s new antibody blood test has shown highly reliable test results with 99.56% specificity and 95% sensitivity for patients tested 15 days after COVID-19 symptom onset.

Hy-Vee's expanded testing builds on its earlier testing efforts rolled out to 11 locations in August.

The Department of Health and Human Services’ assistant secretary for health, Admiral Brett Giroir, received his flu vaccination at a Harris Teeter pharmacy and stressed the importance of getting a flu shot amid the pandemic.

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Shipt Shoppers can obtain an online voucher for a free flu shot at any of the nearly 10,000 CVS Pharmacy locations nationwide, including CVS Pharmacy inside Target.

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Rite Aid is rebranding its Pharmacy Champions program as Pharmacy Heroes in order to acknowledge the service provided by its pharmacy staff in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The new program is aimed at preparing state-licensed immunizing pharmacists to meet the education requirements to administer vaccinations to children age 3 to 18 years old.

Childhood vaccinations now are available at more than 270 Hy-Vee pharmacy locations in eight states.

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The administration plans to use McKesson as its main distributor for a COVID-19 vaccine, which will be transported to distribution sites within 24 hours after the FDA grants an EU or approval.

The new sites in eight states bring the retailer’s total sites — which offer free testing in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services — to 303. 

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