Besides the obvious health aspects of getting a COVID-19 shot, a number of companies are offering incentives to those who can show proof they have received their coronavirus vaccine.
Here a just a few of the perks available to “VIPs”.
Being a VIP was never easier!
According to CDC data, an estimated 5 million people (8%) received one dose of their vaccination but have skipped the second. Why people are not getting the second dose is complex. Some may be due to appointment scheduling issues, previous vaccine shortages, assuming that one dose is sufficient or fear of second dose side effects they have heard about.
Getting the second series shot is more important than originally thought. Evidence is highlighting the risks of skipping the second dose. A sole shot triggers a weaker immune response and may leave recipients and the community more susceptible to virus variants. Even though a single dose provides partial protection against COVID-19, it’s not yet clear how long that protection lasts. As pharmacy care providers, besides getting yourself fully vaccinated, encourage family, friends and your community to do the same. Offer second doses regardless of where the first was administered. Also, call, text, or send emails to patients to remind them to get their second shots.
Pfizer-BioNTech – The FDA expanded EUA to include adolescents 12 through 15 years of age. Studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine and The Lancet report the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is effective at protecting against severe illness caused by variants from the UK and South Africa. Pfizer-BioNTech have initiated an application for full approval of their COVID-19 vaccine in individuals 16 years of age and older.
Moderna – reported early findings from Phase 2 clinical trials for two of its COVID-19 booster shots. Both booster shots induced immune response to COVID-19 and variants from South Africa and Brazil.
Novavax – announced it has expanded its Phase 3 clinical trial for its COVID-19 vaccine to children between the ages of 12 and 17. The company is testing two doses of its vaccine spaced 21 days apart.
According to the CDC, as of 5/11/2021, a total of 330 million doses have been delivered and 261 million doses have been administered. This accounts for; 34.8% of the total population, 44.3% of those over 18 years of age and 71.5% of those over 65 years of age being fully vaccinated.
Digital MedGuides are MarkeTouch’s proprietary and patent pending process for the automated electronic distribution of government required or manufacturer provided patient medication information currently distributed using paper at the pharmacy counter.
Going paperless with pharmacy patient information could save*:
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*Based on the annual average use of 100 pharmacies.