FMI Responds to FDA Authorization of COVID-19 Vaccine Candidates

On behalf of FMI – The Food Industry Association’s member companies operating roughly 12,000 supermarket pharmacies nationwide, Leslie G. Sarasin, president and chief executive officer, responded to the Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) authorization of COVID-19 vaccine candidates: 

“Our members have sustained, bolstered, and at times shifted operations to ensure Americans have access to safe, nutritious, and affordable foods and goods in high demand – all while supermarket pharmacies have continued to serve as a bridge between our communities and other providers. Notably, grocery pharmacies offer patients immediate care that is close and convenient to home. Pharmacists also play an integral role in increasing vaccination rates across the country with more than 25% of annual influenza vaccinations administered within pharmacies and more than 50% of shingles vaccines administered by pharmacists. And, now, these health care professionals stand ready to be part of the COVID-19 vaccination effort. 

“While the nation waits for the COVID-19 vaccine, supermarkets are working diligently to provide food, cleaning products and the full range of pharmacy services – including flu and other vaccinations – to support Americans’ health and well-being.  Serving as knowledgeable and trusted health and well-being partners within their communities, it’s clear that supermarket pharmacists will be essential to a successful COVID-19 vaccination plan.”