Prepare for a COVID-19 Vaccine by Expanding the Role of Pharmacists

The ravaging effects of the novel coronavirus have presented state lawmakers and governors with colossal public health policy challenges. In their attempt to ensure adequate care for all who are suffering from this life-threatening disease, policymakers have eased a variety of burdensome regulations and obstacles to fortify their state’s army of health care providers. While much of the focus has been on finding ways to add more doctors and nurses to the workforce, one professional often overlooked as a vital member of the health care team is the pharmacist. Pharmacists will play a pivotal role in immunizing their communities when a COVID-19 vaccine becomes available. This is an ideal time for state lawmakers to review and revise pharmacy practice statutes in preparation for a vaccine that many will flock to receive.

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