The coronavirus vaccine rollout has been subject to substantial criticism, and with the rollout going slower than many had predicted, officials are now seeking some extra help to speed up the process. The COVID vaccine will begin to be available at some local pharmacies in select states starting this week, with many more to follow. To see which pharmacies will start offering the vaccine this week, read on, and for more on the vaccine, The U.S. Surgeon General Just Made a New COVID Vaccine Recommendation.
ShopRite will start giving vaccines in New Jersey.
On Jan. 4, ShopRite released a statement saying that 39 of their pharmacies in New Jersey are set to begin administering COVID vaccines on site. They made it clear they would be following the federal government's phased distribution schedule, first vaccinating healthcare workers.
Those who are eligible to receive the vaccine can now make an appointment to receive their shot. Although the vaccine is not yet available to the general public, the statement said, "ShopRite anticipates expanding access to the vaccine as soon as the government enters the next phase of the vaccine's distribution." And for more coronavirus news, Dr. Fauci Just Issued This Warning About Another New COVID Strain.
Publix will start vaccinating people in Florida.
Publix in Florida is also joining in on the vaccine rollout. The grocery store released a statement on Jan. 5, announcing a collaboration with the Florida Department of Health. According to the release, their goal is to "distribute approximately 15,000 doses of the Moderna COVID 19 vaccine to customers ages 65 and older."
The vaccine will be available in 22 Publix in Citrus, Hernando, and Marion counties starting Jan. 7, by appointment only. And for more up-to-date information, sign up for our daily newsletter.
The government is accelerating its plan to vaccinate people in pharmacies.
If you don't reside in New Jersey or Florida, don't fret—the vaccine will be making its way to your pharmacies soon. According to Politico, on Jan. 5, the Trump administration said they will accelerate their plan to offer the COVID vaccine in pharmacies. A senior official of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) predicted that within the next two weeks, 3,000 to 6,000 pharmacies could begin administering the vaccine.
"I don't think the average American is accustomed to going to their local hospital to get a vaccine," the senior official told Politico. "What we're doing is just putting this into what we would call the more standard distribution channel that most Americans are accustomed to, which is the corner pharmacy." And for more on vaccine guidelines, The FDA Just Ruled You Can't Do These 4 Things With the COVID Vaccines.
CVS and Walgreens have been administering the vaccine to those in long-term care facilities.
CVS announced on Jan. 6 that they're on track to finish their first round of vaccines in long-term care facilities in 49 states by Jan. 25. The statement also said that "vaccines will eventually be available at all CVS Pharmacy locations."
Walgreens has also been delivering vaccinations to long-term care facilities but said they would "have vaccines for the public sometime in 2021." And for more on the current state of the pandemic, The New COVID Strain Is Now in These 5 States.