Walmart Inc (NYSE:WMT) is spearheading the vaccination drive against the havoc-causing COVID-19. The nation’s largest retailer has expanded the number of locations where the vaccines are available in Georgia, from 10 to 60.
Retail Chain Vaccination Drive
Similarly, the number of Sam’s Club locations offering the vaccine has increased from two to six, including 14 Walmart and Sam’s Club locations in Metro Atlanta. The retailer becomes the largest private employer to be one of the biggest distributors of the COVID-19 vaccine.
The federal government has enlisted the services of retail pharmacies in a bid to accelerate the vaccination campaign. Over 21 retail chains and pharmacy networks have already started administering the vaccine. Some of the high profile chains taking part in the campaign include CVS, Walgreens, and Kroger’s grocery chains in all 50 states.
Leveraging the services of retail outlets such as Walmart is part of the Federal government plan of vaccinating more than 1 million people a week. The government has already set over 200,000 doses of the vaccine to go to Walmart stores.
Targeting Underserved Areas
The COVID-19 vaccine allocation on Walmart stores does not come as a surprise. This is partly because the company’s stores and Sam’s Clubs are located in some of the underserved areas that the government is looking to target.
Having already started administering the vaccine in underserved areas around Georgia, the retailer also started administering the vaccine in six rural communities across Central Texas. The retailer’s executive vice president of health and wellness has already confirmed plans to give out the vaccines at the heart of underserved communities.
In Texas, for instance, the retailer will offer COVID-19 vaccine in towns like Mexia, Copperas Cove, and Rockdale. Walmart has already confirmed plans to vaccinate as many as 13 million patients monthly across 22 states.
Initially, only clients with an appointment with the Walmart location could get the much-needed COVID-19 vaccine. That has changed. Visitors can now contact Walmart and Sam’s Club outlets directly. Similarly, patients don’t need to be members to get the vaccine jibes. Once patients receive the first dose, they will be able to schedule an appointment for the second dose.
Fight Against COVID
President Joe Biden has made the fight against COVID-19 his top priority with plans to vaccinate over 100 million people within the first 100 days in offer. The push is part of an effort of clamping down on a pandemic that has caused so much carnage, with the U.S having registered more than 450,000 deaths.
With more than 27 million cases reported so far, an aggressive vaccination campaign is seen as the only way to protect the masses yet to contract the virus. Similarly, the vaccines are expected to fuel some form of confidence in the American society at a time when a number of variants are being reported worldwide,
COVID-19 vaccine is expected to avert growing fears, conversely leading to life bouncing to normalcy after months of lockdowns and stringent restrictions.