WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) today released the following statement from its president, Sandra Leal, PharmD, MPH, FAPhA, CDE:
“We deplore the intimidation and verbal assaults directed toward pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and other pharmacy personnel earlier this week at a pharmacy in Springfield, MO.
“APhA strongly believes that all members of our pharmacy workforce should be safe in their work environment. We cannot state this strongly enough: Anyone who threatens or intimidates pharmacy personnel must be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. There is no place for this kind of behavior in our communities, when so many are working tirelessly to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The agitator’s arguments are clearly absurd and pull attention away from critically needed, factual information that our patients and the public deserve. All authorized COVID-19 vaccines are safe and highly effective at preventing serious illness, hospitalization, and death. They are the best tools we have to control the pandemic.
“We are especially proud of the poise and professionalism that the pharmacists and pharmacy personnel demonstrated during this incident. They are representative of the hundreds of thousands of pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and other pharmacy personnel who stepped forward from the very beginning of the pandemic to ensure that patients had continuous access to their medications, tested patients for COVID-19, and administered hundreds of millions of doses of the vaccines.
“Like all of our essential workers, they are heroes of this pandemic.”
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