Our Response to COVID-19
At PCA Pharmacy, the health and well-being of our customers and employees is always our first priority. Therefore, we continue to take extra precautions to ensure that our customers and employees remain guarded against the spread of viral infections. These precautions are based on guidance released by the CDC, CMS, and state and federal officials.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to change day by day, so do guidelines and restrictions in our states. We are committed to staying on top of guidance as it is released, and will make changes to our practices and policies accordingly.
Infection control and prevention remain a vital part of our response to COVID-19. Our employees, customers, visitors and vendors are provided with ongoing education regarding proper hygiene practices. This includes the importance of hand-washing, coughing and sneezing etiquette, mask usage, and the frequent sanitizing of all surfaces.
The COVID-19 global pandemic has called for us to grow, adapt, and innovate. We are enormously proud of the investments we’ve made to keep our customers safe, connected, and close to our hearts. To learn more about these investments, read on!
Our Approach to the COVID-19 Vaccine
It is incredibly encouraging to see the first shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine arrive in our markets to begin the logistical process of being able to vaccinate your residents and staff. We are encouraged to see many more vaccine candidates work through the clinical trial process to help bring an end to this pandemic.
PCA Pharmacy is proud to have two representatives involved with Operation Warp Speed since the onset. We have been, and continue to be, diligently involved in the process and advocating on behalf of long term care facilities and residents. Given the breadth of what needs to be accomplished, this has obviously been a very fluid environment but one that now has more clarity in the execution phase. The following is the timeline that has occurred so far:
- In October 2020, PCA provided guidance to our customer base to select “Current Pharmacy” when submitting your selection for the vaccine administration. This was 100% the correct guidance given the information at the time from the Operation Warp Speed committee.
- Subsequently, state and federal agencies completeddeterminations of who would be responsible for the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine at our customer locations.
- Today, federal agencies and Operation Warp Speed plan toprimarily utilize CVS and Walgreens as the avenue of execution across phase 1.
- PCA Pharmacy is approved and prepared to participate in the vaccineadministration program when we are selected by the State HealthDepartments.
Our goal is to provide accurate and complete information to assist you in making informed decisions for your family. Please see our resources here for current information on the vaccine.