SCAN Health Plan and Ralphs Pharmacy Team Up to Administer COVID-19 Vaccines to Seniors and Their Caregivers

Date Posted: 04/23/2021

Healthcare non-profit hosting COVID-19 vaccine clinics  for plan members and their eligible family members in Long Beach, California

LONG BEACH, Calif., April 23, 2021—SCAN Health Plan, one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit Medicare Advantage plans, is hosting the first in a series of COVID-19 vaccination clinics in partnership with Ralphs Pharmacy*. Today’s appointment-only clinic will take place at SCAN’s Long Beach headquarters. The next clinic is set for April 30.

“SCAN is partnering with Ralphs Pharmacy to provide our members with an easy, safe and quick way to get lifesaving COVID-19 vaccines,” said Sharon Jhawar, chief pharmacy officer at SCAN Health Plan. “This collaboration with Ralphs Pharmacy will ensure that our members and their loved ones can safely return to the healthy and independent lives they enjoyed before the pandemic.”

SCAN’s internal data shows that approximately 20,000 members—the majority over age 65—living in communities surrounding SCAN’s headquarters have not been vaccinated. This week, SCAN reached out to members to let them know that appointments are available via the Ralphs Pharmacy priority scheduling portal. Professionally trained pharmacists and interns from Ralphs Pharmacy are administering the two-dose COVID-19 vaccines.

"As part of our commitment to the communities we serve, Ralphs is excited to work with SCAN to get local seniors and their eligible loved ones vaccinated in a safe environment," said Dr. Linh Lee, director of pharmacy/health & wellness at Ralphs.

“Vaccinations are the most effective way to ensure the health of our members, their caregivers and the community at large,” said Dr. Romilla Batra, chief medical officer at SCAN Health Plan. “SCAN and Ralphs will continue to host vaccination clinics in Long Beach to ensure our members get vaccinated.”

SCAN is also launching several other vaccination initiatives. Starting April 26, SCAN will become the first health plan in the nation to administer vaccine shots to homebound members’ homes.

*Other pharmacies are available in SCAN Health Plan’s network

About SCAN Group

SCAN Group is a mission-driven organization that is tackling some of the biggest issues in health care for older adults. The core of SCAN Group is SCAN Health Plan, one of the nation’s foremost not-for-profit Medicare Advantage plans, serving more than 220,000 members in California. Independence at Home, a SCAN community service, provides vitally needed services and support to seniors and their caregivers regardless of plan membership. SCAN Group also invests in new companies to support healthier aging, offers education programs, community funding, volunteer opportunities, and other community services in support of its mission—keeping seniors healthy and independent. To learn more, visit or follow us on Twitter @scanhealthplan.

About Ralphs

At Ralphs, we are Fresh for Everyone™ and dedicated to our Purpose: To Feed the Human Spirit®. We are 20,000 associates in 187 stores who serve customers daily through a seamless shopping experience throughout Southern California and the Central Coast. We are committed to creating #ZeroHungerZeroWaste communities by 2025. To learn more about us, visit our newsroom and investor relations site.

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