COVID-19 Public Resource Links
CDC's Frequently Asked Questions About Shringrix includes guidance for vaccination with Shingrix during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Real-time resource from the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations (NASPA) on COVID-19 information from the states, including state actions affecting pharmacy.
Federal and State Governments
- CDC: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- FDA: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- OSHA (Department of Labor): COVID-19
- DEA: COVID-19 Information Page
- HHS: CombatCOVID.HHS.gov
The National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations (NASPA) provides this resource on COVID-19 information from the states, including state actions affecting pharmacy.
National and Global Organizations
- American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP): COVID-19 Resource Center
- American Medical Association (AMA): COVID-19 Resource Center for Physicians
- Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA): COVID-19 Resource Center
- National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA): Coronavirus Information
- The Joint Commission: Coronavirus Resources
- APhA Policy Statements adopted by the 2020 Virtual House of Delegates (HoD)
- International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP): COVID-19 Information Hub
- World Health Organization (WHO): COVID-19 Pandemic
Universities and Companies
CDC: Frequently Asked Questions About Shringrix: Guidance on vaccination with Shringrix during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bio: COVID-19 Vaccine Facts: Find answers to your questions about COVID-19 vaccines.
FDA: Vaccines in Development 101: FDA provides an overview of the vaccine development process, including information about how vaccines work, how vaccines are tested, and the oversight involved.
FDA: The Path for a COVID-19 Vaccine from Research to Emergency Use Authorization: FDA outlines the steps that vaccine developers must take before an EUA is issued.
NYT: Coronavirus Vaccine Tracker: The New York Times provides real-time information about COVID-19 vaccines in development around the world.
CDC: COVID-19 Vaccination: CDC provides information for healthcare workers about getting vaccinated and preparing to vaccinate patients.
HHS: Tell Me More About Vaccines: HHS's 6:32 video provides expert commentary and graphic illustration to explain the science of vaccine development.
CDC: Vaccines: CDC added content on COVID-19 vaccination planning to the agency's COVID-19 website.
FDA: COVID-19 Vaccines: FDA highlights new information about COVID-19 vaccines as it becomes available.
CDC: Vaccination Guidance During a Pandemic: CDC provides a collection of federal resources designed to guide vaccine planning during the COVID-19 pandemic, including the Interim Guidance for Immunization Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic.
CHOP: Questions and Answers About COVID-19 Vaccines: This Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) FAQ compiles some common questions about COVID-19 and the vaccines being developed to prevent it.
CDC: Mass Vaccination Clinic Guidance: CDC’s revised mass vaccination clinic guidance will help you with clinical and COVID-19 considerations in planning for and implementing satellite, temporary, or offsite vaccination clinics.
CDC: Pandemic Vaccine Program Distribution, Tracking, and Monitoring: This CDC resource for state health department planning of vaccinations during COVID-19 is a framework that will guide influenza and COVID-19 vaccination efforts at the state level.
Managing Your Pharmacy
CDC: Guidance for Pharmacies: CDC provides updated guidance for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in community pharmacies during the COVID-19 response.
OSHA: COVID-19 Guidance for Retail Pharmacies: In direct response to APhA’s comment letter on April 1 addressing the concerns that pharmacists and pharmacy personnel continue to serve without proper protection and social distancing from patients, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) issued a 1-page COVID-19 guidance for retail pharmacies that included pharmacy-specific tips to help reduce the risk of exposure to coronavirus.
CDC: Considerations for Pharmacies During the COVID-19 Pandemic: This CDC guidance applies to all pharmacy staff to minimize their risk of exposure to the virus and reduce the risk for customers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
CDC: Get Your Clinic Ready for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): This CDC resource connects the steps taken to protect patients and healthcare workers from flu in the clinic setting to steps that can be taken to protect against COVID-19 infection.
OSHA: Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) developed this COVID-19 planning guidance based on traditional infection prevention and industrial hygiene practices.
Policy and Medicine: State Health Department Guidance for COVID-19: View the U.S. State Department’s list of 51 state health department websites and state specific resources specific for COVID-19.
CDC: Healthcare Professional Preparedness Checklist For Transport and Arrival of Patients With Confirmed or Possible COVID-19: This CDC checklist highlights key steps for health care personnel in preparation for transport and arrival of patients with confirmed or possible COVID-19.
CDC: Resources to Hang or Distribute in Your Pharmacy (e.g., Posters, Fact Sheets, Patient Take-Home Materials): Access printable CDC coronavirus resources to hang or distribute in pharmacy practice settings.
CDC: Criteria for Return to Work for Healthcare Personnel with Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19 (Interim Guidance): This CDC guidance helps inform decisions about returning to work for health care personnel with confirmed COVID-19, or who have suspected COVID-19.
FDA: Coronavirus Testing Basics: Learn more about the different types of tests for COVID-19 and the steps involved in this FDA resource for everyone.
HHS: Guidance authorizing pharmacists to order and administer COVID-19 tests: View HHS guidance authorizing licensed pharmacists to order and administer COVID-19 tests that FDA has authorized.
CMS: How to obtain a CLIA Certificate of Waiver and the form to fill out to be a "lab": To offer testing for COVID-19, pharmacies may need to obtain a CLIA certificate of Waiver and fill out this CMS form to be considered a lab. This CMS resource outlines the process for pharmacists.
HHS: Advisory Opinion Clarifying Pharmacists’ COVID-19 Testing in All States: HHS issued an advisory opinion concluding that licensed pharmacists may order and administer COVID-19 tests even in states that prohibit licensed pharmacists from ordering and administering these tests.
CDC: Interim Guidelines for COVID-19 Antibody Testing: CDC's recommendations on the use of serologic tests to determine protective immunity and infectiousness among persons recently infected with SARS-CoV-2 will be updated as new information becomes available.
Pharmacists' Clinical Care of Patients
NIH: COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines: NIH developed these treatment guidelines to inform clinicians how to care for patients with COVID-19.
ADA: American Diabetes Association Town Hall: COVID-19 & Inpatient Care for People with Diabetes: An expert panel from the American Diabetes Association discusses the management of diabetes patients hospitalized with COVID-19 infection.
CDC: Guidance for People with Asthma and COVID-19: A CDC resource guide for people with moderate to severe asthma who may be at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19.
CDC: Guidance for COVID-19: What People with HIV Should Know: A CDC resource guide for people with HIV who may be concerned about their risk of getting very sick from COVID-19.
CDC: COVID-19: What Older Adults Need to Know: A CDC short video for older adults about how to prevent infection with COVID-19 and what plans to have in place in case of infection.
CDC: 10 Ways to Manage Respiratory Symptoms at Home: A CDC brief overview of how to manage symptoms of COVID-19 at home and how to prevent from spreading the virus to others.
The Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists: Videos on Treatment Options for COVID-19: A series of short videos from the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists that provide an overview of treatment options for COVID-19 and pertinent drug information.
IDStewardship.com: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources for Pharmacists: A compilation from IDStewardship.com of insights, guidelines, and resources to inform pharmacists about treatment options for COVID-19 and other clinical considerations.
FDA: COVID-19 Drugs: Find links to FDA information about drug shortages, compounding, fraudulent activity, treatment and more.
Pharmacist Well-Being and Resilience
CDC: Reducing Stigma During COVID-19: This CDC resource explores the impact of stigma during the COVID-19 pandemic and provides strategies to help reduce this stigma.
CDC: Emergency Responders: Tips for Taking Care of Yourself: This CDC resource provides some important steps responders can take to ensure they are able to do their job and cope with challenging situations.
ADA: Help with Insulin Is a Phone Call Away: If your patients are struggling to pay for insulin and diabetes medication, ADA has consolidated the resources they need to find help.
USP: Hand Sanitizer Toolkit: This USP webpage addresses shortages of alcohol-based hand sanitizers associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some frequently asked questions from the CDC regarding topics pertaining to COVID-19.
- CDC: COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions
- CDC: Healthcare Professionals: Frequently Asked Questions and Answers on COVID-19
- CDC: Frequently Asked Questions about Hand Hygiene for Healthcare Personnel Responding to COVID-2019
- CDC: Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccination
- HHS: Fact Sheet: Explaining Operation Warp Speed