NAPERVILLE, Ill. (January 14, 2021)—Distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine is underway across the country, starting with frontline health care workers and those over the age of 65 (or 75 in some areas) or with underlying conditions. Although the rollout in some areas has been slow, hampered by storage issues and political obstacles, community pharmacies are gearing up to help vaccinate the masses.
Oswald’s Pharmacy, a 145-year-old family-owned business in Naperville, Illinois, is just one of the many pharmacies that has signed an agreement with the federal government to provide the vaccine. CVS and Walgreens are also part of the rollout effort—but in rural areas, independent pharmacies will be key.
Hannah Bors, Oswald’s pharmacy manager, expects demand for the vaccine to outpace demand for the flu shot—which is at a record high this year. According to a December survey from the Pew Research Center, 60% of Americans plan to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
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