As Covid-19 vaccination efforts begin at major retailers and pharmacies like CVS and Walgreens, what to do with excess vaccine is becoming a bigger question

Both versions of the vaccine must be stored at very low temperatures. Once thawed, the vaccine must be administered within hours. In addition, vaccine bottles contain multiple doses

Companies told the Wall Street Journal that they are planning to use waiting lists and will consider vaccinating employees who are eligible when excess supplies are available, aiming to avoid wasting doses that remain scarce

Starting Thursday, vaccine doses will be sent to thousands of pharmacies and grocery stores such as CVS and Walmart in the US This step is around 6500 retail locations begin and help accelerate rollout to ensure more Americans are protected from Covid-19

Companies schedule appointments based on the amount of vaccine they receive at each location However, you could get an excess vaccine if customers don’t show up for an appointment or if a vaccine bottle contains more vaccine than expected

Currently, only two vaccines, one from Pfizer-BioNTech and one from Moderna, have received emergency use approval from the Food and Drug Administration. Both types require two doses of the shot to be effective

Retailers must adhere to different state and local rules for licensing requirements and what to do with excess doses when managing waiting lists.In some states, retail workers qualify for the vaccine while in others they do not qualify as a high group Priority will be given unless they are over a certain age or have a specific disease

A Walmart spokeswoman told the newspaper that the retailer has reached out to buyers or workers who qualify under a state’s guidelines to get vaccinated if there is oversupply

Walmart worked with state health departments on protocols to avoid waste, a Walmart spokesman told CNBC that these protocols allow the administration of excess opened and available doses to individuals, including employees, who fall into eligible groups in order of priority

A Walgreens spokesperson told CNBC that they will be considering their staff for the remaining doses and communicating with state and local jurisdictions about excess doses

In the meantime, CVS pharmacists will keep a list of qualified patients by state and use that list to determine who will receive the remaining doses of the vaccine, CVS Health senior vice president Chris Cox told CNBC

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Source: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/02/11/how-cvs-and-other-retailers-will-dole-out-any-surplus-covid-vaccine-doses.html