Limited Availability of Official “Partnership” Pharmacies in Rural America to Provide COVID-19 Immunizations

Research from the Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis explores rural options for pharmacy vaccination delivery. The research finds that while only 6 percent of rural counties have no pharmacy altogether, 35 percent have no pharmacy that is included in the current CDC vaccination partnership plan. The share of counties without access could be halved if rules are expanded to include pharmacies capable of delivering immunizations but not designated as official partners (largely community and independent pharmacies). According to the included maps, all of Maine’s rural counties have at least one pharmacy eligible of delivering vaccines under the existing partnership arrangement, although the size of Maine’s counties may present other access barriers for residents. #covid-19 #rural