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  • CVS Health has held thousands of clinics in long-term care facilities to administer vaccines and has given more than 700,000 vaccinations.
  • CVS officials said when the vaccine distribution effort gets into the retail phase, the pharmacy giant could administer between 20 million and 25 million vaccines per month.
  • The estimate from CVS Health on Tuesday comes as the Trump administration announced a host of changes intended to speed up the rate of inoculations and make vaccines more available to the public.

Pharmacy giant CVS expects to administer between 20 million and 25 million coronavirus vaccines per month at its pharmacies once the nation’s vaccination program is opened up more broadly, CNN reports. 

“We have over 90,000 clinicians, through our pharmacists, through our pharmacy techs, through our nurses and nurse practitioners, to be able to administer the vaccine, and we do expect that we can administer 20-25 million vaccines per month once the federal program opens up,” Karen Lynch, incoming CEO of CVS Health, said while speaking at the JP Morgan 39th Annual Health Care Conference. 


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“We expect the federal program to open up shortly, and we are ready in our CVS pharmacies, to administer the vaccine,” Lynch said. 

CVS Health has held thousands of clinics in long-term care facilities to administer vaccines and has given more than 700,000 vaccinations. Lynch said, as of Monday, about 10 percent of COVID-19 vaccines administered thus far in the U.S. have been provided by CVS. 

The estimate from CVS Health on Tuesday comes as the Trump administration announced a host of changes intended to speed up the rate of inoculations and make vaccines more available to the public. 

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Tuesday states should expand vaccinations to everyone age 65 and older in an effort to get the vaccine to more people immediately, as well as adults with health conditions that put them at higher risk of dying from the virus. The administration is also releasing more doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to states instead of holding back the second dose. 

The changes come amid frustration about the pace of vaccinations in the U.S. More than 27 million doses of the two authorized vaccines have been distributed across the country with more than 9 million doses administered, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


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Published on Jan 12, 2021