Walgreens did not follow COVID-19 guidelines at the time of dosing

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HealthDay News – Walgreens has not followed U.S. government instructions on when to give second doses of COVID-19 vaccines, but will do so after consulting the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The pharmacy chain has given the Pfizer vaccine to thousands of people in two doses, but given the two doses four weeks apart instead of the recommended three weeks, the New York Times reported.

Walgreens said the doses were four weeks apart because it was easier and faster to schedule appointments. However, some customers were confused about the company policies that were brought to the CDC’s attention. According to CDC spokeswoman Kate Grusich, the agency asked Walgreens to keep the recommended period of three weeks between doses.

There’s no evidence that the vaccine is less effective if people leave four weeks before receiving their second dose, The Times reported. While it recommends taking the three-week break, the CDC says it’s acceptable to be up to six weeks between doses of the vaccine.

The New York Times article


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