COVID-19 pandemic is still active in the US, and so the COVID-19 vaccination program is fully functioning and still in progress. According to the last data coronavirus infection get affected more than 29 million people in the USA only, and we also have more than 527,000 deaths.
After the first vaccine approval, about 75 million people were vaccinated. As the first two vaccines, that was okayed by FDA need to be administrated in two steps, the last step counts only 24 million from the common number of vaccinated, which is only 7.55%.
COVID-19 Vaccination Program And Walmart
To drive higher vaccination rates in vulnerable communities by improving access to the COVID-19 vaccine, Walmart is creating a series of community events to administer the COVID-19 vaccine across the country. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is providing Walmart with allocation of the vaccine for this new effort, which Walmart is launching in partnership with local community leaders and nonprofit organizations.
These new events mark an expansion of Walmart’s role with the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program and are supplementing Walmart’s ongoing vaccination program at more than 1,400 pharmacies nationwide in 35 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., through federal and state efforts.
The company selected many of the new locations after an analysis of area demographics, local health needs and gaps in critical access to medical services, to pinpoint communities where Walmart can make the greatest impact for populations most in need. The community vaccine events will take place at 43 locations across 18 states, including drive-thru locations in Walmart parking lots, in-store and across several offsite locations.
“We have two goals as we administer vaccines: first, to reach as many people as possible to enable reopening efforts, and second, to ensure equitable vaccine distribution across the communities we serve. We have focused most of our events in medically underserved neighborhoods, and we are proud to play a part in increasing access to the vaccine in these communities,” Dr. Cheryl Pegus, executive vice president, Health & Wellness, said. “We will continue to engage within our communities to find new ways to reach additional customers with our vaccination programs as we work towards the eventual end of the pandemic.”
Walgreens Statement on Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 Vaccine
Recently after the FDA approved the new Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use, Walgreens announced about the company ready to administrate it. The company will continue to work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, and federal and state governments to support the administration of Johnson & Johnson’s newly authorized vaccine, once available
“Walgreens has been at the forefront of administering COVID-19 vaccines since they became available in December,” said John Standley, president, Walgreens. “Our pharmacists and technicians have provided more than 3.5 million COVID-19 vaccinations across our most vulnerable populations, including those in underserved communities. Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine provides yet another powerful tool to help turn the tide on this pandemic.”
As part of the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program, Walgreens is currently administering a weekly allocation of more than 480,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses from Pfizer and Moderna to eligible individuals across 28 states and jurisdictions.