This Is When Costco Will Have the COVID-19 Vaccine, CEO Says
In November, 11 grocery stores made a deal with the Food and Drug Administration to partner up and release a COVID-19 vaccine to as many Americans as possible. Now that the Pfizer vaccine has been approved and is being distributed to big-name stores such as Walmart, it's only a matter of time when a trip to Costco may mean getting protection against the virus.
The wholesale supermarket will "begin offering the general public COVID-19 vaccinations at its in-store pharmacies around early spring," CEO Craig Jelinek said to CNBC. (Stay safe this season with The One Vitamin Doctors Are Urging Everyone to Take Right Now.)
While there was no clarification on exactly when that will be, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House coronavirus advisor, as well as Dr. Ashish Jha, the dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, both say Americans without underlying conditions and who don't work in the medical field will be able to start getting the vaccine around late March or April.
Currently, there are over 500 Costco locations reaching customers in 45 different states. California has the most locations with 131, followed by Texas with 33, and Washington with 32. These, along with Walmart locations in every state, plus grocery stores including Albertsons, H-E-B, Hy-Vee, Meijer, Publix, will cover 60% of all the pharmacies across the country.
"The vast majority of Americans live within five miles of a pharmacy, and our new agreement with pharmacy partners across America is a critical step toward making sure all Americans have access to safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines when they are available," the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar said in the partnership announcement.
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