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NGA Applauds Biden Administration Efforts To Increase COVID-19 Shots

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The National Grocers Association, the national trade association representing the independent supermarket industry, supports announcements by President Joe Biden and his administration to increase COVID-19 vaccinations and reach a goal of 100 million vaccinations in 100 days.

“The independent grocery community appreciates the president’s focus on ramping up COVID-19 vaccine allotment and distribution,” said NGA President and CEO Greg Ferrara. “Main Street grocers across the country continue to work tirelessly during this pandemic to make sure that Americans have safe access to food and our frontline employees are protected while keeping the shelves stocked and everyone fed.”

Biden recently detailed his administration’s National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness, a federal plan to increase vaccinations, get more doses into the hands of states and territories and make sure vulnerable populations have adequate access. The president also acknowledged the need for a greater emphasis on public-private partnerships in vaccine administration, specifically highlighting the need to broaden the use of pharmacies as vaccination sites by creating a federal pharmacy program.

“Our grocery pharmacy members across the country stand ready to help administer vaccinations to their communities,” said Robert Yeakel, NGA’s director of government relations. “We are encouraged by the president’s announcement of a federal program to help states enlist pharmacies as vaccine administrators and call on states to make sure that essential workers are prioritized. NGA and its members will continue to encourage government entities at the federal and state levels to work with independent grocery pharmacies to expand vaccination access for all Americans.”

NGA is the national trade association representing the retail and wholesale grocers that comprise the independent sector of the food distribution industry. An independent retailer is a privately owned or controlled food retail company operating a variety of formats. The independent grocery sector is accountable for close to one percent of the nation’s overall economy and is responsible for generating $131 billion in sales, 944,000 jobs, $30 billion in wages and $27 billion in taxes. NGA members include retail and wholesale grocers, state grocers’ associations, as well as manufacturers and service suppliers.

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