For many Texas, the pathway to COVID-19 vaccination can lead through the HEB.
The San Antonio-based grocery chain is one of the associations involved in the federal distribution program for COVID-19 vaccines, which was formed in partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
HEB officials have not announced when they expect the vaccine to be shipped, but Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said on Wednesday that the state will receive the first 1.4 million shipments of COVID-19 vaccine later this month.
Before vaccinations are made available to the public, the first doses are likely to be reserved for pharmacy workers and employees who are more exposed to COVID-19, as HEB officials say will follow distribution plans from federal and state governments.
HEB officials issued the following statement on vaccination plans:
“At HEB, the health and safety of Texans is a top priority. Our HEB pharmacy teams play a vital role in combating the Covid-19 epidemic through our collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the State of Texas. Once the government has planned distribution to the public, our HEB pharmacy will offer the COVID-19 vaccine. Already a reliable source for all routine childhood and adult immunizations, including flu vaccinations, we remain committed to Texas care. “
Experts believe that pharmacies will make COVID-19 vaccines publicly available sometime next spring.
In addition to HEB, Costco, CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart are among the other chain and community pharmacy networks in San Antonio that have partnered with HHS to administer the vaccine.
While vaccination is promising news, experts recommend adhering to social distance guidelines and wearing a mask until the majority of people are vaccinated.
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