Walmart and Sam’s Club Pharmacies to offer COVID-19 vaccines through new Federal Retail Pharmacy Program

Shopping line at Walmart in Arlington as customers with mask social distance due to Coronavirus, April 2020. – Photo courtesy of Walmart/Wikimedia Commons

 

Special to The Dallas Examiner

 

Walmart and Sam’s Club pharmacies will begin administering COVID-19 vaccines in Texas through the U.S. Federal Retail Pharmacy Program on Feb. 12.

In Dallas, the store locations are 9410 Webb Chapel Road and 200 Short Blvd. Eligible customers can schedule a vaccine appointment at https://www.walmart.com/covidvaccine and https://www.samsclub.com/covid once appointments are available, making it convenient to get vaccinated while allocation lasts.

Vaccines will be available to those who meet the current phase of vaccine eligibility in Texas, which can be found at the Texas Department of Health and Human Services website.  More than 1,000 Walmart and Sam’s Club pharmacies in 22 states are receiving federal vaccine allocations this week, with an emphasis on locations that reach customers in underserved communities with limited access to health care.

While initial vaccine supply is limited, pharmacists and technicians stand ready to help expand vaccine access across the country.

In consultation with Center for Disease Control and states, representatives said they took into account the population density, customer demographics, infection rates and availability of local health care resources among other factors to identify many of the participating locations, including pharmacies located in a Medically Underserved Areas, as designated by the Health Resources and Services Administration.

“Ninety percent of the country lives within 10 miles of a Walmart. We’re committed to helping people live better – and healthier lives – in Texas, and we take that role very seriously,” said Dr. Cheryl Pegus, executive vice president of health and wellness at Walmart. “We want to help the country re-open, but we can only achieve that through widespread COVID-19 vaccination. We’re proud to work together with the federal government, states, communities, customers and associates to expand access to the vaccine and reach that goal.”

Walmart is partnering with the CDC and states to move as quickly as possible to help administer vaccines to eligible populations in participating states.

“The Federal Retail Pharmacy Program is another important step in public health’s effort to vaccinate Texans,” said Dr. John Hellerstedt, commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services. “It means more vaccines available to more people in more places, and we appreciate the pharmacies’ willingness to help vaccinate our priority populations.”

In addition to the 22 states where Walmart will support the vaccination efforts as part of the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program, the retailer is also currently administering vaccinations under the jurisdiction allocation in 11 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

Vaccine supply and eligibility will vary based on state and local guidelines. In addition to appointments, the scheduler will provide a digital reminder when it is time to return for the second vaccine, which is why customers are asked to create a profile, helping to ensure customers receive the second dose of the vaccine in the timeframe required. You do not have to be a member of Sam’s Club to sign-up for an appointment. Appointments are available seven days a week, but exact timing will vary based on local availability of the vaccine.

For more information on how Walmart and Sam’s Club pharmacies are supporting the vaccine rollout, visit https://corporate.walmart.com/covid-vaccine.

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