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APhA Urges Biden Administration to Use Retired Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians in COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign

WASHINGTON, DC -- The American Pharmacists Association today asked the Biden administration to include recently retired pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in its campaign to vaccinate 100 million Americans against COVID-19 during the administration’s first 100 days. The request was made in a joint letter signed by APhA and nine other pharmacy organizations.

Several times during the pandemic, the US Department of Health and Human Services affirmed that pharmacists have the authority during the pandemic to order and administer COVID vaccines and administer pediatric vaccinations across the country. The federal government also gave pharmacy technicians the authority to administer COVID vaccines under the supervision of a pharmacist.

Vast Majority of Pharmacists Plan to or Have Been Vaccinated, Against COVID-19, APhA Survey Finds

WASHINGTON, D.C. – More than 9 in 10 pharmacists said they plan to or have been vaccinated against COVID-19, in a survey conducted last week by the American Pharmacists Association (APhA). Of these, 51% said they had received one dose, 10% had received two doses, and 31% planned to get it as soon as it is available. 

When asked about their readiness to administer the vaccine, 41% of pharmacists surveyed said they were already administering it, 38% said they would be able to administer it as soon as it is available, and 17% were preparing to administer the vaccinations and would participate in future phases of the vaccine delivery program. 

APhA: President-Elect Biden’s COVID plan is a strong start to rescue the country from the pandemic

WASHINGTON, DC – Statement of Scott J. Knoer, executive vice president and CEO of the American Pharmacists Association:

“President-Elect Biden’s plan to address COVID-19 is a strong start to rescue the country from the pandemic. It not only allocates billions of dollars to launch a sweeping national plan for vaccination and testing, it also invests in public health workers for outreach and contact tracing, addresses health disparities, protects residents of long term care facilities and workers in essential industries, and proposes billions for the administration of the vaccines.

APhA Statement Following Emergency Use Authorization of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine

WASHINGTON, DC -- Statement from Scott J. Knoer, MS, PharmD, FASHP, executive vice president and CEO of the American Pharmacists Association, upon the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) decision to authorize emergency use of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine:

“With the FDA’s action today, pharmacists are again prepared to step forward and serve as essential health care providers in the historic effort to control and end this pandemic.

Pharmacy Organizations Welcome FDA Authorization of COVID Vaccine: “We Stand Ready to Serve”

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The leaders of 18 pharmacy organizations today issued the following statement following the Food and Drug Administration’s approval of the first Emergency Use Authorization for the COVID-19 vaccine. 

“We heartily welcome the decision by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to authorize the emergency use of the first COVID-19 vaccine, following the recommendation of the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC). 

“This is a historic moment in the nation’s effort to end the pandemic. The pharmacy profession is ready to do its part as qualified, active participants in administering these vaccines in accordance with guidance issued by the FDA, CDC, HHS and state and local health departments, as well as increasing access for the American public to these important disease prevention tools.