Pharmacists, doctors getting ready for surge of people looking to get COVID-19 vaccines

Pharmacists, doctors getting ready for surge of people looking to get COVID-19 vaccine

ATLANTA — Health officials say the COVID-19 vaccine might be only weeks away in the United States.

Now, pharmacists are in high demand.

“We should be prepared for an influx of work,” said Dr. Sharmon P. Osae.

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Osae teaches at the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy.

“I definitely do think pharmacists should be prepared for the amount of individuals coming in their pharmacies to flourish.”

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Dr. Osae also said in the state of Georgia, pharmaceutical students must first be certified.

Plus, there are a number of qualifications they will need to meet before they can administer the vaccine, once it becomes available.

“So it’s 12-hours of a self-study and self-assessment and eight hours of a live seminar and a final examination,” said Dr. Osae.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended healthcare workers and long-term nursing home residents be the first to receive the vaccine, once it is approved and becomes available.

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