On April 12, 2021, Walgreens announced, that now administering Walgreens COVID-19 vaccination at a majority of its stores in 49 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico, as the company continues to play an integral role in the nation’s vaccination and pandemic response efforts. With the initiative to vaccinate residents and staff in long-term care facilities nearly complete, close to 60,000 immunizers are now administering vaccinations at more than 7,000 Walgreens stores and through off-site clinics. The company has administered more than 11 million COVID-19 vaccinations to date.
“Now more than ever, our pharmacy teams are there for our patients and customers, administering COVID-19 vaccinations to protect communities across the country at a critical time,” said John Standley, president, Walgreens. “As more vaccine becomes available, and more states and jurisdictions expand eligibility, we’re continuing to broaden access across our retail locations. We’re also driving equitable access to vaccines within underserved communities, to help the nation emerge from this pandemic.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on April 12, about 120.8 million people have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, including about 74.1 million people who have been fully vaccinated by Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine or the two-dose series made by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna.
The work to distribute the vaccine comes as more than 561,000 people in the United States have died after contracting the virus. Providers are administering about 3.21 million doses per day on average. Figures show the date shots were reported, rather than the date shots were given and include first and second doses of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, and single doses of Johnson & Johnson.
President Biden promised to administer 100 million vaccines by his 100th day in office. The United States surpassed that goal, which some said was not ambitious enough, on March 19, almost six weeks ahead of schedule. Mr. Biden has since said he hopes for 200 million doses to be administered by his 100th day, a goal that the nation is already on pace to meet.
Federal regulators gave emergency use authorization in December to vaccines developed by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna. Both of those vaccines require patients to receive two doses spaced weeks apart. Regulators authorized Johnson & Johnson’s one-dose vaccine in February. The federal government has delivered about 237.8 million doses to states, territories and federal agencies.
Walgreens COVID-19 Vaccination Program
Walgreens began administering COVID-19 vaccinations as part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program on Dec. 21. The company continues to accelerate vaccine efforts according to state and federal jurisdiction distribution plans, including the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program, which began in February.
Walgreens focus on ensuring equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines also continues. Through retail locations in medically underserved areas and areas with a high social vulnerability index score, as well as through COVID-19 vaccine clinics off-site, Walgreens is delivering vaccinations directly to some of the nation’s most vulnerable individuals.
Walgreens has conducted nearly 500 COVID-19 vaccine clinics to date in underserved areas across the country, including locations in California, Illinois, Georgia and Mississippi. Hundreds more off-site clinics are planned for the months ahead with partners including Uber, local community organizations, and most recently, national partners including the 100 Black Men of America Inc., and the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. From Houston and Chicago to Milwaukee and El Paso, Walgreens is working in collaboration with partners on the ground to accelerate equitable access and to remove transportation barriers for individuals the hardest hit by the pandemic.