On May 4, Walmart and Sam’s Club announced a new COVID-19 vaccination program: from now, immunizations are available to customers and associates via both, walk-in and pre-scheduled appointments in all of their more than 5,100 pharmacy locations nationwide, across 49 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. Also, Walmart is rolling out new programs to address vaccine hesitancy and continue to focus efforts on increasing vaccine access across the country.
“Now that supply and eligibility have expanded, it’s even more important for us to reach underserved and vulnerable populations to ensure equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine,” Dr. Cheryl Pegus, executive vice president, Health & Wellness, said. “Widespread vaccination is the only way we will eventually end the pandemic and help our country reopen, and we don’t want anyone to get left behind as we enter this new chapter in our fight against COVID-19.”
The GOVT Campaign
Recently, Walmart launched a nationwide Get Out The Vaccine (GOTV) campaign. The GOTV campaign is an extension of the retailer’s role in the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program and the existing vaccination program underway nationwide and will bring educational materials about the COVID-19 vaccines into stores and clubs across the country.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said about 147.9 million people have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, including about 106.2 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. “More than 56 percent of adults have received at least one shot. President Biden set a goal on Tuesday of reaching 70 percent of adults by July 4,” – the New York Times report.
To expand the program, Walmart start to use mobile clinics. That’s how the company plans to bring vaccines directly into select communities via events and gatherings. “Most recently, Walmart partnered with the National Hot Rod Association at their Southern Nationals Event in Commerce, Georgia, to offer walk-up vaccinations for race fans, educational resources with background on the safety and efficacy of the vaccines and an official Walmart branded dragster with information on how to schedule a vaccine,” – the company comment.
Walmart and Sam’s Reaching Into Communities
The vaccination in the US continue. Since COVID-19 vaccine distribution began in the United States on Dec. 14, more than 246 million doses have been administered, fully vaccinating over 105 million people or 31.8% of the total U.S. population.
One of the main problem for the vaccination process is vaccine access in locations in vulnerable communities. Walmart and Sam’s Club try to find a solution. With the expansion of vaccine supply nationwide, there are now nearly 4,000 Walmart and Sam’s Club locations administering the vaccine in locations designated as Medically Underserved Areas by the Health Resources and Services Location (HRSA).
Besides of that, one of the steps was a partnership with national and local non-profits, community partners and faith-based organizations to bring community vaccine events to residents. “As the vaccine becomes more widely available, events like this one become important in ensuring that all individuals have access to these resources,” said Rich Gotham, Boston Celtics Team President. “We’re appreciative to be able to work with Walmart and the City of Boston to provide this service for the community.”
“Clark County is focused on vaccinating as many people as we can to fully reopen our local economy and ensure the safety of our residents and visitors to Las Vegas,” added Clark County Commissioner William McCurdy II, member of the Está En Tus Manos initiative, which is dedicated to educating Latinos about COVID-19 and vaccinations in Southern Nevada. “We are working to ensure that access to the vaccine is available to everyone, especially in some of our neighborhoods that have been hardest hit by the pandemic, and we appreciate Walmart’s partnership in helping us achieve our goal of becoming one of the most vaccinated communities in the country.”