Through the Federal Pharmacy Partnership Strategy for COVID-19 Vaccination, Albertsons Cos. pharmacies will receive a direct allocation of COVID-19 vaccine once it is authorized or approved and recommended for use in the U.S. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services made the announcement, in which it outlined its partnership with pharmacy chains to maximize access to COVID-19 vaccines for all Americans.
“Throughout this pandemic, our pharmacy teams have been on the front lines, offering care and health solutions for our communities,” said Omer Gaijal, SVP of Albertsons Cos. Pharmacy and Health. “When a vaccine is ready, our pharmacists will play a critical role in administering this important public health service.”
The vaccine will be administered at no cost to recipients.
Albertsons Cos. pharmacists (and pharmacy technicians, where state law permits) are trained to administer vaccines. In the face of increased demand, they have protected a record number of people against influenza this season and can provide vaccinations for additional illnesses like MMR, pneumonia, shingles and more.
By providing vaccines directly to jurisdictions and pharmacies, the federal government will be able to distribute the vaccines quickly and efficiently to millions of people. Albertsons Cos. pharmacies will work with the CDC and the states in which they operate to streamline and optimize the delivery of the vaccine by working closely to coordinate, track and monitor distribution.
Once COVID-19 vaccine is available, recipients will be able to find contactless consent forms for the vaccine in the company’s pharmacy apps. By completing the necessary paperwork electronically ahead of time, patients can reduce the amount of time spent in the pharmacy.
Albertsons Cos. operates more than 1,700 pharmacies locations nationwide, including those in Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, Acme, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Pavilions, Star Market, Haggen and Carrs stores.