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COVID-19 Vaccinations Are Pushing Pharmacists to a Breaking Point

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  • COVID-19 Vaccinations Are Pushing Pharmacists to a Breaking Point

    April 21, 2021, 10:31am
    By Bryan Menegus

    A memo circulating among Walgreens employees is calling for mass walkouts. Pharmacists at other chains say they're overworked and stressed, too.

    ... ?Any reimbursement we get, whether it's insurance or government reimbursement,? the Atlanta Walgreens manager said, ?it's all pure profit for them because they're not allocating any extra labor to it. They're just having us do it within our normal workday.? ...

    ... Not all of these chains have been publishing their total administration numbers, though it?s telling that those that have provided figures have often done so in messaging to investors rather than the general public (and it?s obviously good for the public when these numbers are high). Walgreens ?has administered more than 8 million COVID-19 vaccines to date, including 4 million in March,? the company wrote in its fiscal Q2 results memo, published March 31. In an earnings call presentation last week, Rite Aid claimed to have given 2 million doses since March 1st. CVS, as of April 1, has administered a whopping 10 million doses. These considerable profits?which do not include whatever payments were provided by the CDC to CVS and Walgreens to administer vaccinations in long-term care facilities?haven?t often flowed down to the staff responsible for administering them.