Landover, Maryland-based Giant Food, a greater Washington D.C. regional grocery chain, says all vaccinations recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) are available again at all of its 153 in-store pharmacies. The company took a hiatus of all non-essential services due to COVID-19, following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Available vaccinations include those that provide protection against pneumonia, shingles, tetanus, hepatitis, human papillomavirus (HPV) and influenza (influenza available August 2020). All vaccines are administered by Giant’s certified in-store pharmacists and require no appointment.
“Now it is more critical than ever for individuals to take preventative measures to protect themselves and their communities from sickness and staying up-to-date with recommended vaccines is an important first step,” said Paul Zvaleny, Giant Food’s director of pharmacy operations. “After pausing non-urgent services in April, we are looking forward to offering vaccinations to our customers and continuing to do our part to keep our communities healthy while following social distancing guidelines and strict safety procedures.”
All Giant Pharmacies have implemented the following additional health and safety policies at all times when administering immunizations: maintaining social distancing measures; equipping associates with personal protective equipment (PPE) consisting of face masks, face shields and gloves; increasing disinfection procedures between vaccine administrations; and following additional screening processes for patients.
Aside from in-store services like immunizations, patients are encouraged to take advantage of Giant Pharmacies’ medication delivery or curbside pick-up services to further minimize the amount of contact.
As part of its ongoing effort to support the well-being of customers, Giant pharmacies also will continue offering free expert consultations to help patients prevent and combat allergy symptoms this season. Consultations include recommendations and assistance with selecting appropriate over the counter and prescription products.
Giant Food recently launched #HealthyAtHome #GiantFoodChallenge. See story here.