Eggs. Bread. Milk. And a COVID vaccine.

Walmart is preparing its pharmacies to be able to administer the COVID vaccine once it is approved in the U.S. The preparations involve some 5,000 Walmart and Sam’s Club pharmacies.

“With 90% of the American population living within 10 miles of a Walmart, we will play an important part in making sure those who want a vaccine can get one when they are eligible based on their state’s prioritization, especially those in hard to reach parts of the country that have recently been hit hard by the epidemic,” said Dr. Tom Van Gilder, Chief Medical Officer, Walmart.

Gilder said pharmacies are being equipped with freezer, as well as dry ice, to handle any requirements for storing the vaccine. Walmart is also entering into agreements with states to be able to support vaccinations where needed, whether in its own pharmacies or long-term care facilities.

“Our pharmacists give millions of shots a year, and they are trained under strict, up-to-date guidelines to be able to administer vaccines,” Gilder said.

Walmart said it is working to educate its own employees on the vaccine so they can receive one “if they choose.” Processes are being put in place so remind people on the timing for the second vaccine. Both current vaccines awaiting approval require two doses separated by 21 to 28 days.

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