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Shortage of Rural Pharmacies in Iowa to Vaccinate

"There are 350 pharmacies that have already signed up to help with vaccine distribution once it opens to the general public, said Kate Gainer, executive vice president of the Iowa Pharmacy Association.

Though there are no specific numbers, Gainer said they will need to add staff to meet both the immunization demands, while also maintaining everyday operations.

But the number of independent pharmacists and rural stores in Iowa have been trending down since 1996, according to the Iowa Pharmacy Tracking System."


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