Maybe you’ve thought about starting your own vaccination program in the past. Maybe it was just never the right time. If there was ever a right time – it’s now.
As we await an approved COVID-19 vaccine, preparation is necessary in order to facilitate widespread immunization. Pharmacies are uniquely positioned to help expedite this process. They are easily accessible to patients and are located in communities all across the US – including rural and medically underserved areas. After fierce advocacy from several pharmacy organizations, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has officially authorized state-licensed pharmacists to order and administer COVID-19 vaccines to persons aged 3 or older. Will your pharmacy be ready to take on this task?
In order to assist pharmacies with setting up their store to offer immunizations, PioneerRx has created a complete guide on How to Start a Pharmacy Vaccination Program. This page will guide you through:
- Specific instructions for each state’s application process – including state registry contact information
- How to get the proper certifications
- Reimbursement opportunities for your pharmacy
- Links to helpful resources and training programs
Take the first step today and see what the process looks like for your pharmacy. It’s a good idea to go ahead and start the application process so that you can focus on preparing your store and your staff for a smooth transition. There are several helpful resources available to make sure you and your team are equipped with everything you need. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a guide for healthcare professionals on immunization education & training to help you get familiar with the latest recommendations. For more resources from your home state board and organizations, refer to the guide.
Besides being a valuable service to your community, immunizations will also bring in an additional source of revenue and drive new customers to your pharmacy. It’s well-documented that immunizing patients is worth pharmacists’ and technicians’ time, and our step-by-step guide will help alleviate the stress of doing research and compiling information – because we have already done it for you. Taking this step at your pharmacy will prepare you to expand into new opportunities and grow your business. The PioneerRx pharmacy system also integrates with immunization vendors like Omnisys and STC Immslink to help pharmacies with accessing patient data at the point-of-care and maximizing their reimbursements.
As flu season begins, the combination of COVID-19 and influenza is also surging the need for flu shots and pharmacies are an important part of immunizing the public. Get your pharmacy ready to join the movement and become a valuable resource for protecting your community.