Walgreens will begin scheduling Pfizer virus vaccinations three weeks apart, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), following a customer complaint.
The U.S. drugstore chain has worked so far, spanning four weeks of filming, which is more than a week’s recommended due to extended schedules, making scheduling appointments faster and easier. The New York Times reported on Monday.
From the end of the week, Walgreens’ vaccine scheduling system will start three weeks apart while maintaining the recommended four-week period for Moderna̵7;s own vaccine.
Walgreens Chief Medical Officer Kevin Ban previously said the spacing between Moderna and Pfizer vaccines over the same period was “The easiest way to stand up to our current competence process.”
Other major drugstore chains, such as CVS and Rite Aid, have followed CDC recommendations on vaccine spacing, with the Times recording Pfizer spacing about 20 to 23 days.
The newspaper reported that there was no evidence to suggest that the extra week would reduce the effectiveness of the vaccine, and the CDC said the drug should be spaced up to six weeks.
However, CDC spokesman Kate Grusich told the Times that Walgreens’ scheduling decision continued to confuse customers and attract the attention of health officials.
According to Walgreens, more than 8 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been delivered and are expected to deliver between 26 and 34 million doses by the end of August.