SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (Editorial Press Release / KY3) – Following the recent announcement by the White House of the launch of a federal retail pharmacy program for COVID-19 vaccines, the Missouri Department of Health and the Elderly Service trained federal partners to make the vaccine effectively available to any eligible Missouri.
“We welcome the opportunity to work with our federal partners and provide an additional path for Missourians to receive COVID-19 vaccination,” Governor Mike Parson said. “This partnership will be a great help in expanding access to vaccines and getting the fastest and most effective doses possible.”
Eighty-one Walmart and Sam’s Club pharmacy locations will receive vaccinations from federal sources (not from the state’s weekly distribution), and vaccinations will begin on Friday, February 12, in Missouri at participating locations. In addition, an independent pharmacy in Missouri, 21 Health Mart, will soon begin receiving and administering vaccines in the future. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the federal program will be implemented gradually based on the available vaccine supply, with some retail pharmacy locations providing COVID-19 to those eligible. As the availability of vaccines increases over time, the program expands to eventually cover 40,000+ pharmacies across the country.
“We are grateful to be able to start seeing these additional doses from our federal partners for Missourians soon,” said Dr. Randall Williams, director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS). “In discussions with the White House and our federal partners, these pharmacies were selected by them for designated areas because they were accessible to many Missouri communities and the pharmacies were built with their patients.”
Aside from the state’s limited weekly distribution, 102 Missouri retail pharmacies are planned to receive more than 18,000 doses a week. Eligible customers can schedule vaccinations through Walmart and Sam’s Club websites as soon as discussions are available, making it easier to vaccinate while the allocation lasts.
To learn more about COVID-19 vaccines in Missouri, visit MOStopsCovid.com
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