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Joyce Discusses Vaccine Distribution at Local Discount Drug Mart

February 12, 2021
Press Release

CONCORD, OH – Today, Congressman Dave Joyce (OH-14) visited a local Discount Drug Mart in Concord to learn about their preparations to begin administering vaccines to residents of Northeast Ohio. Discount Drug Mart is among the 21 national pharmacy chains and independent networks receiving COVID-19 vaccine shipments from the federal government this week. Shipments will begin with close to one million doses per week to 6,500 retail pharmacies across the country but will eventually be sent to 40,000 retail and long-term care pharmacy locations nationwide. During his visit, Joyce received a walk-through of the pharmacy chain’s preparation to assist with the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Ohio, including vaccine storage.

“Distributing COVID-19 vaccines and administering them to as many people as quickly as possible needs to be our main focus because each vaccination gets us a step closer to stopping the spread of this virus and restoring our way of life,” said Joyce. “Pharmacies like those at Discount Drug Marts are critical to our efforts to increase access to COVID-19 vaccines. These folks successfully manage flu vaccinations for millions of Americans every year and, having spent today learning about their storage and preparation procedures, it’s clear they are more than capable of ramping up our vaccination campaign. I will continue to do everything I can at the federal level to boost vaccine distribution and support the pharmacies and hospitals working to keep our communities healthy.”

"It's our biggest priority to be there for our communities during the pandemic when it comes to medications, supplies, and especially the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine," said Discount Drug Mart Senior Vice President of Pharmacy Pete Ratycz. "We have been preparing for this opportunity for months and are proud on being selected a COVID-19 vaccination provider. It's a big responsibility and we are extremely confident in our ability to vaccinate age eligible Ohioans across all of our 76 locations. As an immunization destination, it's an area we have great experience."

Last week, Joyce and many of his colleagues on the Problem Solvers Caucus called for an immediate vote on a standalone, $160 billion “Defeating COVID-19” vaccine distribution package. The package mirrors the vaccine proposal within the plan numerous Republican Senators presented to President Biden on Tuesday and is aligned with the “Direct COVID Pandemic Response” portion of the President’s American Rescue Plan. You can learn more about the plan here.

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