How CVS and other retailers will dole out any surplus Covid vaccine doses


A healthcare worker wearing a protective mask fills a syringe with a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at a large scale vaccination site in Sacramento, California, Feb. 4, 2021.

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As Covid-19 vaccination efforts get underway at major retailers and pharmacies such as CVS and Walgreens, what to do with excess vaccine becomes a bigger question.

Both versions of the vaccine need to be stored at very low temperatures. After thawing, the vaccine must be administered within hours. In addition, vaccine vials contain multiple doses.

Companies told The Wall Street Journal that they are planning to use waitlists and will consider vaccinating…


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