Walmart Unveils Preparation for Covid-19 Vaccine Rollouts
By Michael Dabaie
Walmart Inc. said Friday it is preparing for rollouts of
Covid-19 vaccines and expects to be able to deliver 10 million to
13 million doses per month at full capacity.
Steps include training thousands of pharmacists and pharmacy
techs, building a new digital scheduling tool for appointments and
partnering with state and federal agencies as it awaits
"Today, at the dawn of the most significant vaccine rollout of
our lifetimes, Walmart again stands ready to serve," Cheryl Pegus,
executive vice president of health and wellness, wrote in a post on
the company's web site.
"As we look to a future when supply can meet demand and more
people are eligible to receive the vaccine, we plan to offer the
vaccine seven days a week at our pharmacies, through planned
in-store vaccination clinics and through large community events,"
Dr. Pegus wrote in the post.
The post said that at full capacity, Walmart expects to be able
to deliver 10 million to 13 million doses per month when supply and
Walmart and Sam's Club operate more than 5,000 pharmacies in the
U.S. and Puerto Rico, many of which serve underserved communities
and rural areas, the company said.
"We have nearly 4,000 Walmart locations that are positioned
within one or more of the federally designated medically
underserved areas or where there are limited pharmacy options," the
Walmart said it is ready for Covid-19 vaccination events in
underserved communities. Walmart said it can partner with community
organizations to provide vaccination services at third party
locations like churches, stadiums and youth centers.
Shares were up 0.6%, to $145.74, in late morning trading.
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