The company has given vaccinations in recent weeks in some locations in New Mexico and Arkansas. Now, Walmart (WMT), the nation’s largest retailer will introduce the vaccine to select stores in New Jersey, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, South Carolina and Texas, as well as Chicago and Puerto Rico, a company spokesman said in an email. Friday.
Each state determines which population groups can be vaccinated, and vaccination can only be given to designated groups at Walmart pharmacies. For example, in Georgia, adults 65 and older are currently eligible, but non-health workers are not.
“We’re going on what the state is telling us about priority groups who want help getting vaccinated,” a Walmart spokesman said.
The news, first reported by Reuters, comes as President Joe Biden and his administration try to speed up the spread of vaccines. According to the latest data from the CDC, more than 17 million doses of vaccine have been administered in the United States to date. Biden announced he will have to deliver 100 million shots in his first 100 days in office.
Pharmacies and grocery stores are expected to play a major role in the distribution of vaccines. The federal government has a partnership program with 19 pharmacy chains, retailers, and pharmacy associations in the United States, which represent more than 40 percent of U.S. pharmacies.
Walmart (WMT) In a blog post on Friday, he said he expects to be able to administer 10 to 13 million doses a month, “if care and distribution allow,” at more than 5,000 pharmacies in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
Other chains also gave goals. CVS (CVS) he said he would eventually expect to be able to give 20-25 million shots a month.