Sask. pharmacists will be a key partner in the COVID-19 immunization plan

The Government of Saskatchewan has announced that Saskatchewan pharmacists are formally on board to play a key role in the delivery of the largest mass vaccination campaign in provincial history. 

Pharmacists will be delivering the COVID-19 vaccine through community pharmacies in Phase 2 of the provincial immunization plan. The participation of Saskatchewan pharmacists will significantly increase public access to the vaccine, improving the rate of vaccination.

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“We appreciate that Saskatchewan pharmacists are ready to step up and deliver the COVID-19 vaccine,” Health Minister Paul Merriman said. “The Government of Saskatchewan is working hard to make sure COVID-19 vaccine is safely delivered into the arms of Saskatchewan residents through all possible avenues.”

Details of the plan for pharmacy delivery of the COVID-19 vaccine are currently under development, including which community pharmacies are participating.

“We are proud to join other health care professionals in providing safe, timely access to COVID-19 vaccinations for Saskatchewan residents,” Pharmacy Association of Saskatchewan board chair George Furneaux said.

The government has negotiated a tentative new pharmacy proprietor agreement with the Pharmacy Association of Saskatchewan on behalf of all Saskatchewan pharmacies. The agreement establishes the fee for pharmacist delivery of COVID-19 vaccines, along with increases in prescription dispensing fees and influenza vaccine fees. It is for a one-year term, beginning March 1.

For further information on the COVID-19 vaccine delivery strategy and clinic announcements, please visit www.saskatchewan.ca/COVID19-vaccine.

 

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