78% of pharmacists plan to take COVID-19 vaccine, survey says

More than three-quarters of pharmacists plan to be vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine, and 60 percent said they will be ready to vaccinate their patients as soon as one is available, according to a nationwide survey conducted Nov. 21-28 by the American Pharmacists Association. 

The survey of 400 pharmacists found:

  • 52% would receive the vaccine as soon as possible
  • 17% would receive it after six months of experience with the vaccine
  • 9% would receive after one year of experience with the vaccine
  • 17% were undecided
  • 6% would not receive it

In a similar survey conducted two months earlier, 36 percent of pharmacists said they'd plan to receive a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as one is available. 

The survey also found: 

  • 37% of pharmacists are currently ready to receive the vaccine and vaccinate patients as soon as it is available
  • 23% are in the final preparation stages and will be ready to vaccinate patients as soon as it is available
  • 34% are not prepared to vaccinate in the first wave of vaccination efforts, but plan to participate in future phases
  • 6% said the logistics of participation are too difficult and would not participate 

The survey included pharmacists from chain, supermarket, independent, hospital and institutional pharmacies.

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