MIAMI and PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. — In light of new Florida regulations allowing certified pharmacists to administer a broader range of immunizations, Navarro Discount Pharmacy has expanded vaccine availability at all of its 31 locations in south Florida to include immunizations for both shingles and pneumonia, in addition to the flu vaccine.
“As a community pharmacy, we are very pleased to be able to offer these expanded vaccinations for adults, educate customers and improve their health and well-being,” stated Albert Garcia, EVP and president of Navarro Health Services. “Our certified pharmacists have undergone extensive training and are extremely knowledgeable about shingles, pneumonia and the seasonal flu, illnesses that disproportionately affect the elderly in our community.”
The Florida Department of Health recently approved new regulations giving certified pharmacists the ability to administer both Zostavax — a one-time vaccine that can reduce the risk of shingles in individuals 60 years of age and older — and Pneumovax, the pneumococcal vaccine, to help protect against pneumonia. Thousands of American adults die each year of diseases that could be prevented by vaccines.
Immunizations may be covered by insurance and customers are encouraged to contact their insurance provider for details. Navarro accepts most health insurance plans and no appointment is necessary to receive the immunizations.
With more than 80 trained clinical staff comprised of Florida registered pharmacists, Navarro Discount Pharmacy is certified for immunization through the Florida Board of Pharmacy, the retailer stated.