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News and information on immunization services and trends in retail pharmacies.

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Health officials prepare to distribute COVID-19 vaccine within 24 hours of FDA nod

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.

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Pfizer CEO says COVID-19 vaccine efficacy will be clear by October

Pfizer said it expects to know by the end of October if its COVID-19 vaccine works, although it isn't known if Americans will receive it before 2021.

The Department of Health and Human Services has issued a guidance that will enable pharmacists to order and administer COVID-19 vaccinations to patients age 3 years old and older.

More than 4,000 community pharmacies are immunizing this year.

Walmart has launched flu shot availability for the coming season, accompanied by a new scheduling system and a focus on making the vaccine accessible for employees. 

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores will be highly visible at the National Conference of State Legislatures Base Camp 2020, a new online experience that takes place from Sept. 15 to 17.

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The National Association of Chain Drug Stores is teaming up with the Howard University College of Pharmacy and United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to create awareness about flu vaccines among communities subject to healthcare disparities.

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The National Community Pharmacists Association’s CEO, Doug Hoey, has been enlisted to work on Operation Warp Speed's efforts to get a COVID-19 vaccine in record time.

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Albertsons’ children-focused immunization push is aimed at filling a gap in child wellness services created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The American Pharmacists Association and 12 pharmacy organizations are urging the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine to give pharmacists tier 1 priority status in the allocation and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.

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The National Association of Chain Drug Stores is spreading awareness on the importance of flu vaccinations in video ads and satellite media tours.

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A survey by the National Community Pharmacists Association found that 86% of community pharmacists plan to offer the COVID-19 vaccines when they hit the marketplace.

CVS Pharmacy and MinuteClinic are offering this season's flu shot, with demand expected to be high.

The retailer has rolled out flu shot availability to all of its almost 9,100 pharmacies, adding safety measures to ensure patient safety.

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores is urging states to act to ensure patients have access to vaccines administered at pharmacies following a new directive from the Department of Health and Human Services.

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Three national pharmacy organizations are urging state governors to include community pharmacists in administering a COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available.

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Flu shots are now available at Stop & Shop’s more than 250 pharmacy locations across the Northeast.

Kroger now offers COVID-19 testing by appointment across nine states.

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores, the American Pharmacists Association, and the National Community Pharmacists Association praised the Department of Health and Human Services for taking action to increase pharmacists’ role in providing childhood vaccinations. 

The chain is encouraging all age groups to get flu shots as soon as possible to bolster their immune systems and minimize the number of flu hospitalizations this year as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. 

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AstraZeneca’s Flumist vaccine will be available as soon as early August, with the drug maker delivering 25% more doses than in previous years.

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Kite Pharma' s Tecartus is the first cell-based gene therapy approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of mantle cell lymphoma.

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The Department of Health and Human Services' deal with Moderna, which calls for up to 100 million doses of a potential COVID-19 vaccine, also includes the ability to purchase an additional 400 million doses.

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Industry organizations are signaling that pharmacy can play a critical role in actually administering the millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses needed to curb the pandemic. 

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J&J's $1 billion deal with HHS for 100 million COVID-19 vaccine doses, includes an additional 200 million doses under a subsequent agreement.

DSN spoke with Ken Paulino, head of Vaxserve at Sanofi Pasteur, about the company’s capabilities in helping retail pharmacies manage their immunization efforts.

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