As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact communities worldwide, it has become clear that older adults are at an increased risk of developing severe illness and complications from the virus. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people aged 65 and older are at a higher risk of hospitalization and death from COVID-19 than any other age group.
Pharmacies have emerged as key players in mitigating the risk of COVID-19 among seniors. With their extensive reach and accessibility, pharmacies are uniquely positioned to provide essential services to this vulnerable population.
Pharmacies have taken a number of steps to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, including implementing social distancing measures, requiring face masks, and increasing sanitization protocols. They have also made it easier for seniors to obtain their medications through mail-order services and delivery options.
In addition, many pharmacies have become vaccination sites, playing a critical role in getting seniors vaccinated against COVID-19. This has been especially important given the challenges that many seniors face in accessing healthcare facilities.
Pharmacists have also played an important role in educating seniors about COVID-19 and how to protect themselves. They have provided information about the virus, its symptoms, and ways to prevent its spread.
As the pandemic continues, pharmacies will remain a critical part of the effort to protect seniors from COVID-19. By providing essential services and education, pharmacists are helping to keep this vulnerable population safe and healthy.