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Loblaw ready to help COVID-19 vaccine rollout

Darpan News Desk The Canadian Press, 25 Feb, 2021 06:54 PM
  • Loblaw ready to help COVID-19 vaccine rollout

Loblaw Companies Ltd. says its ready to play a key role in Canada's vaccination effort, noting that the company's pharmacists are capable of administering a million shots a week.

Loblaw president Sarah Davis says the grocery and pharmacy retailer's supply chain is able to deliver vaccines and begin administering the shots the day it receives them.

She says the company's 1,300 Shoppers Drug Mart and Pharmaprix drugstores across the country are within 10 minutes of most Canadians.

Her comments came during a conference call with financial analysts Thursday as Loblaw reported its fourth-quarter profit and revenue rose compared with a year ago amid the pandemic's continuing positive impact on food retail sales.

Davis says the company's pharmacies have administered seasonal influenza vaccinations for years and are well positioned to do the same with the COVID-19 vaccines.

Yet she says Loblaw has not been given the rollout strategy across all provinces or the timing yet.

Davis says the company's pharmacists in Alberta will start offering the vaccine in some stores next week.

She says Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan have all indicated the company will be part of the vaccination process, but that Loblaw hasn't received more details such as the exact timing.

In British Columbia and Quebec, meanwhile, Davis says it appears pharmacists could play a roll at the mass vaccination sites, but not within the drugstores themselves.

However, she says the vaccine will likely be around for a long time and it's possible the scope of the pharmacy's roll in some provinces could expand over time.

 

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