Guardian Pharmacy is pleased and thankful for the development and forthcoming introduction of the first COVID-19 vaccines. Guardian has worked with CDC to enroll as a vaccine provider and we continue to work with the State Department of Health to be a vaccine provider as that plan starts making vaccine allocations as well.
During Phase 1 of the vaccine distribution plan, CDC has chosen to distribute and administer the COVID-19 vaccines through the Retail Pharmacy Networks of Walgreens and CVS as part of the Pharmacy Partnership for Long-term Care (LTC) Program. Guardian is certainly supportive of this program as it helps our industry and residents. If your facility did not choose the option as part of the Federal program to have CVS or Walgreens administer the vaccine during the initial sign-up period, our recommendation would be to notify the State Department of Health for further guidance on receiving the vaccine in Phase 1.
Guardian is honored to partner with our communities to assist them in navigating through this process. You may contact your Guardian Pharmacy account manager with any questions. Furthermore, Guardian Pharmacy, with appropriate notification, may be able to provide a Guardian staff member to be on site during your clinic days to support you, your community and the vaccination team with non-medication administration functions.
In the meantime, we will continue working with CDC and the State Department of Health to complete the process and we expect to be able to offer the COVID-19 Vaccine to our customer communities and the residents we serve in Phase 2 and beyond. We will keep you updated on this ever-changing situation and continue to keep you informed with any further changes that the CDC implements.
Please know that Guardian Pharmacy appreciates your dedication to your residents, and we appreciate your continued support.
Wishing you good health and the happiest of holidays.
Ron Belville, Pharm. D.