It's my understanding that only people who can give shots in a pharmacy are pharmacists. That said I got one at CVS one time and if that young woman was a pharmacist, I'm an astronaut.
Our doctor's office doesn't give shots. So we have to go to a pharmacy. Ever since I got on Medicare I don't go to CVS, I go to a smaller pharmacy chain in the area. I just like them better for shots. I know it's the pharmacist who is giving the shots, they have a private room they use.
If you are concerned about who is giving you the shot, ask if it's a pharmacist. It should at least be someone who works in the pharmacy department, not just some roaming clerk.
i've gone to see a nurse at CVS. it wasn't a random clerk, since the pharmacy from my understanding is a separate legal entity to the chain of stores themselves (at CVS the separate legal entity who administers shots and other healthcare is called "minute clinic").
so i would imagine walgreens has a similar structure.
I just got a flu shot today. Previously I've gotten my flu shot at Wal-Mart always given by a pharmacist. Today they were out of flu shots so I went to an urgent care my husband recommended. There were two other people in the waiting room but everyone had masks on and we were apart from each other. I got a regular one because I didn't have the patience to track down one for people over 65. On the New York City news tonight they said demand was high and the flu shots were scarce.
i've been getting the flu shot for more years than i can even remember. never have i had a side effect other than a sore arm for about a day. i never miss a flu shot. i'm not taking chances if there is a vaccine and it's safe and available for something as common as the flu.
jae, yeah, sore arm for a day, not painful enough to notice really unless I touch it. I've been getting a yearly influenza vaccine since the mid-90s when I developed a chronic medical condition (ulcerative colitis). I don't want to deal with anything else medically if I can help it. BTW, although my flares have never been caused by a toxin (as far as I know) my gastro brainwashed me about avoiding germs/bacteria whatever. I never touch my eyes with my fingers, push elevator buttons with my knuckle, touch everything in a public restroom with tissue, etc. Been doing this since mid 90s and I never get a cold or the flu.
The thinking is following COVID precautions will also guard against catching the flu. So perhaps it will be confined to the people who are lax about protecting themselves.
my ex and i were just saying the other day that we haven't had a cold all this time of the stay at home orders. we normally at least get one during the spring and this year, no colds at all in the spring, summer and now about to start fall, we'll see how that goes.
now knowing how covid is spread and the prevalence of breathing in everyone's spit, i'm inclined to be like china and wear a mask in public for the rest of my life!
i bet we will have a mild flu season amongst those who can protect themselves and do (via the masks and social distancing). since i normally get my flu shot at work (they usually pay albertson's pharmacy to come into the office for 2 days doing shots), i'll have to do CVS this year. my girls' beloved pediatrician since birth retired last year so they are between doctors. i'll have to check if they can get the flu shot at CVS too or if they need to go to a pediatrician.