As of Nov. 6, about 60% of the nation’s retail pharmacies have agreed to participate in a federal program to administer COVID-19 vaccines at no cost to patients once authorized or licensed by the Food and Drug Administration, the departments of Health and Human Services and Defense announced yesterday. HHS last month issued guidance allowing state-licensed pharmacists and state-authorized pharmacy interns under their supervision to administer COVID-19 vaccines and tests authorized or licensed by the FDA, subject to certain requirements.

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