AHCA/NCAL: COVID-19 Update - Weighing Pharmacy Options for the CDC Vaccine Distribution Program

Jackie Pappalardi and Tarrah Quinlan in Clinical & Quality

There is risk associated with which pharmacy option you select for the Pharmacy Partnership for Long Term Care Program. Long term care facilities need to identify by October 30 as to how they want to receive and administer the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available. 

Providers have four options to select from: 
1) Work with CVS; 
2) Work with Walgreens;
3) Work with their existing pharmacy partner; or 
4) Work with an alternative partner (e.g. hospital, local/state health department).  

If selecting options three or four, AHCA/NCAL strongly recommends providers first ask to see a signed copy of that entity's provider agreement with their state and CDC, otherwise they run the risk of not being included in early rounds of vaccine delivery and distribution. This could result in delays in your facility obtaining the vaccine. More information can be found on AHCA/NCAL’s program overview and FAQ’s

The sign-up process is below:


Nursing Homes

Assisted Living Communities
and other congregate settings (ICF/IIDs, independent living, etc.)

Sign in to NHSN

Register through REDCap


Other COVID-19 Update 

Updated HHS NHSN Reporting Requirements: In an updated memo from HHS, the point-of-care testing results are now required as part of the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) systemRead More


Please email COVID19@ahca.org for additional questions, or visit ahcancal.org/coronavirus for more information.


Jackie Pappalardi, RN, BSN
Executive Director
518-462-4800 x16

Tarrah Quinlan
Director of Education Program Development and Member Operation
518-462-4800 x20