Pharmacists Ready to Receive and Administer COVID-19 Vaccines, According to APhA Survey
CONTACT: Frank Fortin
More than three quarters of pharmacists plan to be vaccinated with one of the COVID vaccines, and 60% will be set up and ready to vaccinate patients as soon as the vaccine is available, in a recent nationwide survey of 400 pharmacists conducted by the American Pharmacists Association.
When pharmacists were asked if they plan to be vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine:
- 52% said they would receive the vaccine as soon as possible
- 17% said they would receive it after six months of experience with the vaccine
- 9% said they would receive after one year of experience with the vaccine
- 17% said they were undecided
- 6% said they would not receive it
In a similar survey of pharmacists conducted two months earlier, only 36% of pharmacists said they would receive the vaccine as soon as possible.
The majority of responding pharmacists (60%) also said their pharmacy practices would be ready to administer the vaccines as soon as they are available:
- 37% said they are currently ready to receive the vaccine and vaccinate patients as soon as the vaccine is available
- 23% said they were in the final preparation stages and will be ready to vaccinate patients as soon as the vaccine is available
- 34% said they were not prepared to vaccinate in the first wave of vaccination efforts, but plan to participate in future phases
- 6% said the logistics of participation are too difficult and would not participate
The survey also found:
- 74% of pharmacists surveyed were willing to order and administer the vaccine. Only 2% said they were unwilling to order or administer the vaccine, and 3% were undecided. The balance of respondents stated that they do not provide direct patient care and thus would not vaccinate.
- 70% of respondents said the support staff at their pharmacy practice location is adequate to safely offer the COVID-19 vaccine
- 95% said they had already received, or plan to receive, the influenza vaccine
The survey was sponsored and conducted by the American Pharmacists Association from November 21-28, 2020, with 400 respondents. Pharmacists across many types of practice sites participated, principally in chain pharmacies, supermarket pharmacies, independent pharmacies, and hospital and institutional pharmacies.