Opinion: Local pharmacies can reduce the dual risks of COVID19 and influenza this fall

Jonathan H. Watanabe, associate dean and Jan D. Hirsch, founding dean of the UCI School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences write, “At this moment, more than ever, convenient access to a clinician that provides immunization and testing is critical as COVID19 vaccines move closer to approval and rapid tests to detect SARS-CoV-2 increase in availability. Pharmacies can play a fundamental role in boosting vaccination rates and increasing testing to levels that will get the economy safely back on the sturdier footing and protecting loved ones at-risk.”