RALEIGH — EnlivenHealth, a division of Omnicell, Inc., a provider of medication management tools, released findings from a national survey that found most retail pharmacies expressed concern for people’s willingness to take a COVID-19 vaccine once it’s available.

According to the survey, 67 percent of pharmacies said they are “very concerned” or “somewhat concerned” about people taking the vaccine when it’s ready.

Of those pharmacies responding to the survey, 77 percent plan to adopt or expand year-round vaccination strategies.

“As our national survey clearly illustrates, retail pharmacies and their health plan partners are on the frontlines of preparing for the COVID-19 vaccine and ensuring that people take it once it’s available,” Vice President and General Manager of EnlivenHealth Danny Sanchez said in the release.

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EnlivenHealth also launched CareScheduler, a software tool allowing for hands-free scheduling and vaccine registry reporting to help facilitate vaccinations when ready. CareScheduler also automates the consent and vaccine administration forms, letting patients avoid physically handling documents and speeding up the process.

“A key part of achieving that goal is building trust in how and where the vaccine will be administrated. By automating existing manual, inefficient workflow and reporting processes and reducing physical interactions and document handling in the pharmacy itself, CareScheduler and our Patient Engagement Platform will help to keep pharmacy patients and staff healthy and safe during the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine,” Sanchez added.

To help promote the vaccine, 69 percent of pharmacies plan to launch educational programs and use marketing to promote the importance of getting vaccinated.

The release is available here.

This story is from the North Carolina Business News Wire, a service of UNC-Chapel Hill’s Hussman School of Journalism and Media