Expansion of community pharmacies’ role in public vaccine delivery to children: Opportunities and need

Jude Alden, Kristina Crane, Renee Robinson, Mitch Rothholz, Todd Watkins, Jing Wu, Rebecca Wurtz

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Abstract

Despite the positive impact pharmacists have had on access to vaccines, only a limited number of community pharmacists and pharmacies are able to participate in most federal- and state-supported vaccine programs. In this commentary we (1) review vaccination services currently provided by community pharmacists in the United States, (2) highlight regulatory, reimbursement, and role-based barriers to community pharmacists’ participation in the vaccines for children (VFC) program, a cornerstone program to support vaccinations of children in the United States, and (3) suggest changes to support and improve VFC participation for all health care providers. For the purposes of this commentary, community pharmacies are defined as retail pharmacies not associated with a health care system, hospital, or clinic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1514-1517
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Pharmacists Association
Volume62
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We thank the Navigators Workgroup for all of their support and engagement in this. Disclosure: The authors declare no relevant conflicts of interest or financial relationships.

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