Dr. Cheryl Pegus, Executive Vice President, Health & Wellness, on January 22, gave answered the popular question about Walmart actions when the vaccines roll out in the U.S.
“Over the past year, our associates have risen to the challenge of serving our customers in new ways. Today, at the dawn of the most significant vaccine rollout of our lifetimes, Walmart again stands ready to serve.
As we always have, Walmart stands ready to serve our country, our customers and our associates. We appreciate the conversations we have had with both administrations and the ongoing conversations we are having with the new Biden administration. We look forward to the day we can activate our strengths to serve our communities and administer the vaccine.,” – Cheryl Pegus said.
At the beginning Walmart have been preparing by:
- Training thousands of pharmacists and pharmacy techs
- Building a new digital scheduling tool to make appointments easy
- Partnering with state and federal agencies as we await allocations
“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. At full capacity, we expect we will be able to deliver 10-13 million doses per month when supply and allocations allow,” – Walmart comment.
The main hopes company gives on more than 5,000 pharmacies in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, many of which serve underserved communities and the heart of rural America. According to the statistics information, each week over 150 million people visit the pharmacy door, so customers can be reached on the place where they already shop.
Access To The Vaccine And Walmart Actions
As a federal pharmacy partner Walmart and Sam’s Club pharmacies can accept federal allocation of doses. Specifically, there are key areas where the company stand ready to help ensure Americans have access to the vaccine.
- The first is what many term “health care deserts.” These are mostly rural locations where there are very few options for customers to find health care. 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 second is through COVID-19 vaccination events in underserved communities. Walmart has the reach and the qualified, trained pharmacists and pharmacy staff to partner with community organizations to provide vaccination services at third party locations like churches, stadiums and youth centers.
“We’re doing everything we can to help ensure the health and well-being of our associates and customers during the pandemic. That includes keeping everyone updated and informed. We’re educating essential workers and all associates on getting the vaccine as soon as they are eligible. We are strongly encouraging all associates to get vaccinated but are not mandating anyone to receive the vaccine nor are we providing incentives at this time,” – Cheryl Pegus said.