I'm a pharmacist. I have a four-year undergrad degree and a four-year PharmD degree. I immunize. The minimum amount of education by pharmacists in the US is a five-year bachelors degree with three years of that focusing specifically on pharmacy (you can't get that degree anymore, but pharmacists who graduated when that was the going degree are grandfathered in). Pharmacy techs are not allowed to immunize in any state of the US. If techs were immunizing at Eckerd's, they were breaking the law in a big way and I hope you reported them. Pharmacy students are allowed to immunize under the pharmacist's supervision under some circumstances (in my state, they can only give the flu vaccine and only to 18+ yo), so that is the least experienced person you might have giving a vaccine. We also receive specific training; it's not like we're just handed a needle and told to go to town.
Also, we are trained to handle adverse reactions. Not the long-term ones so much, but if we immunize somebody and they start having problems shortly thereafter, we're trained to deal with that. We ask them to stay in the store for 10 minutes so that if they have a fast-onset reaction we are able to help them. (My doctor's office doesn't even do that much. I always want to wait for 10 minutes after my daughter gets a shot, and they typically want us to clear out of the room and wait in the lobby. I haven't gotten the impression that they routinely suggest waiting to patients.)
I just wanted to clear up some of the factual disagreements in this thread.
I agree with MeepyCat, just because you personally do not want to get yourself or your family vaccinated, does not make more points of care a bad thing. Each person can make their own decision about whether they want to get vaccinated. For adults who do want to get immunizations and either can't afford to see a doctor or can't get in at a convenient time or just would rather get it over and done with, a pharmacy can be a source of care.
(I don't disagree, though, with the point that if more people were insured it would be a good thing for many reasons.)
Thank you for clarifying.
I see a stand-alone pharmacy as a different entity than a pharmacy within a grocery store, because they serve different purposes for the most part. I buy fresh produce at my grocery store. I expect to see sick people at my stand-alone pharmacy. It might be different in a smaller town, but my town is big enough that I can make this choice.
More points of care is a completely different discussion. As I understand it, the same vaccines are available at the county health departments.
I do worry that when there are adverse effects and a patient brings them up to their doctor without having received the shot there, the doctor might dismiss it entirely because they did not administer the shot. Convenience in healthcare does not mean quality.