Walgreens gave us the extra training and knowledge we would need to properly advise our colleagues--who all took a CE [continuing education] course to qualify as immunizers
--on the latest requirements, which vary from state to state, and instruct them on different vaccines and indications," notes Majmudar.
Whether it be their expanded role in the delivery of pharmacy-centric services to promote adherence, or the access provided to the community by having 20,000 certified CVS pharmacist immunizers
readily available to administer a variety of preventative vaccinations, or as educators who help their patients navigate their pharmacy benefit design to ensure cost-effective management of their condition, CVS pharmacists have become a valuable asset within the community for helping to improve access, quality and cost of care.
As is the case with a growing number of community pharmacy chains, Giant Eagle's pharmacists have become immunizers
, providing patients with access to flu shots and vaccines for pneumonia, meningitis, whooping cough and shingles.
Our network of more than 27,000 licensed or certified immunizers
has enabled Walgreens and Take Care Clinics to cater to the busy schedules of today's consumers by offering flu shots and other health care services when it's most convenient for them," he says.
More than 300 Costco pharmacists--representing about 60% of the retailer's clubs--have been certified as immunizers
in 25 states across the country and provide patients with a wide variety of vaccinations that include two types of hepatitis, HPV, pneumonia, shingles and tetanus.
In addition, with few exceptions, pharmacists are certified immunizers
, providing flu and Zostavax shots, as well as other immunizations where allowed.