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One week in, pharmacies have a familiar request: 'We just need more vaccines'

February 19, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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CVS Pharmacist Gerard Diebner prepares a shot of the COVID-19 vaccine for the nursing home residents at Harlem Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, a nursing home facility, on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021 in Harlem neighborhood of New York. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura)

The rollout of Covid-19 vaccines to retail pharmacies had just begun and Lisa Foster of Dublin, Ohio, felt like she was "playing a slot machine" to secure an appointment online to get vaccinated anywhere she could: Kroger, Walgreens, CVS or Giant Eagle.

(CNN)The rollout of Covid-19 vaccines to retail pharmacies had just begun and Lisa Foster of Dublin, Ohio, felt like she was "playing a slot machine" to secure an appointment online to get vaccinated anywhere she could: Kroger, Walgreens, CVS or Giant Eagle.

The federal retail pharmacy program for Covid-19 vaccinations in the United States has been underway for about a week now, and appointments are filling up quickly.

That's because the first phase of the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program launched with 1 million vaccine doses allocated to 6,500 pharmacies, including some CVS, Walgreens, Walmart and Rite Aid locations.

The program, which began the week of February 8, allocates a limited supply of Covid-19 vaccine to 21 national pharmacy partners and independent pharmacy networks.

As the program grows, Rothholz said, pharmacies will play a role in administering doses alongside public health departments, clinics, mobile units and other vaccination sites.

Walgreens, one of the first pharmacies to begin administering Covid-19 vaccines in December through a separate partnership with long-term care facilities, has administered more than 3 million vaccines as of Monday, with an allotment of 180,000 doses per week through the federal program, company spokesperson Kelli Teno told CNN.

So far, most of the pharmacies in the federal program are reporting that their vaccine deliveries in the first week of the rollout arrived on time and were put into arms.

Rothholz, of the American Pharmacists Association, told CNN on Thursday that he hasn't heard of any significant delays in the delivery of vaccine doses to pharmacies yet.

"The pharmacies are having to use their appointment-based systems, whether their own or ones that their local jurisdictions have for patients to get vaccinated," he said.

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