While millions have been receiving their coronavirus vaccines already, CVS and Walgreens announced it will offer in-store vaccinations.
Dr. Cheryl Pegus, Walmart’s executive vice president of health and wellness, said the retailers plan to offer the vaccine seven days a week at more than 5,000 Walmart and Sam’s Club pharmacies," according to Fox News.
“With 150 million people passing through our doors each week, we’re in a unique position to reach people where they already shop,” Pegus said.
Walmart announced that it would deliver up to 13 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine per month “when supply and allocations allow.”
Walgreens and CVS have been offering COVID-19 vaccines at long-term care centers in 49 states.
The Walgreens website says vaccinations have gone beyond their agreement to cover long-term facilities but says public vaccinations aren’t available yet.
“Walgreens is also providing COVID-19 vaccinations to additional vulnerable populations as determined by states and jurisdictions. The initial supply of vaccine is extremely limited and available to eligible individuals by appointment only at designated Walgreens stores. COVID-19 vaccines are not available to the general public.”
Chris Cox, CVS’s senior vice president for pharmacy, said the chain hired 10,000 pharmacy technicians, pharmacists, and nurses to help with COVID vaccines and testing. So far, the company has trained 12,000 technicians to administer shots.
Federal health officials came up with an agreement with pharmacies across the nation to give free vaccines after they are approved and become available to the public.
The agreement allows CVS and Walgreens to deliver vaccines to nursing homes. Officials believe this will make getting a COVID-19 vaccine like getting a flu shot.