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Safeway pharmacies to provide COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available

Posted at 2:33 PM, Nov 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-13 14:33:07-05

LANHAM, Md. — Through the Federal Pharmacy Partnership Strategy for COVID-19 Vaccination, Safeway pharmacies in Albertsons Mid-Atlantic Division will receive a direct allocation of COVID-19 vaccine, once it is authorized or approved and recommended for use in the United States.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) made the announcement Friday, 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 Safeway Director of Pharmacy Greg Herr. “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.

Safeway pharmacists (and pharmacy technicians, where state law permits) are trained to administer vaccines. 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.

Once a COVID-19 vaccine is available, recipients will be able to find contactless consent forms for the vaccine in the Safeway pharmacy app(s). By completing the necessary paperwork electronically ahead of time, patients can reduce the amount of time spent in the pharmacy.

Safeway 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.