11 Grocery Store Chains That Will Carry the COVID-19 Vaccine
A COVID-19 vaccine still hasn't been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but the federal agency is acting "as quickly as possible" to authorize two new vaccines developed by Moderna and Pfizer for emergency use, according to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar.
When a vaccine does become available, you may be able to find it at your neighborhood grocery store. HHS has partnered with approximately 60% of pharmacies in retail and grocery stores across the U.S. to increase access to a future vaccine.
"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," Azar said in a statement announcing the partnership.
As of Nov. 6, 11 grocery store chains had signed on to the partnership. Scroll down to see if your local supermarket is on the list. And before your next shopping trip, don't forget to read up on the 8 Grocery Items That May Soon Be in Short Supply.
Albertsons Companies operates grocery and drug stores in 34 states and Washington, D.C. under 20 banners, such as Acme, Carrs, Jewel-Osco, Lucky's, Safeway, Tom Thumb, and Vons. For a complete list of Albertsons brands signed up to provide the future vaccine, click here.
The retail chain also just added a new way for you to get your groceries.
A membership to this wholesale retailer not only grants you access to some of your favorite grocery items in bulk but also a local pharmacy. For now, Costco Is Changing This In-Store Mask Policy.
There are more than 340 H-E-B stores across the second-largest state by land and population—Texas.
This supermarket chain operates more than 240 stores in eight Midwestern states: Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
Meijer carries everything from fresh produce and alcohol to garden supplies, jewelry, and even toys and games. Through its partnership with the HHS, it will add a future vaccine to the list.
Publix is also on the government's list, which means its customers across the Southeast will have access to a future vaccine. For more on this chain, here are 15 Things You Didn't Know About Publix.
Food Lion is part of Retail Business Services, which operates a total of five East Coast grocery brands. You will also be able to find the future vaccine at The Giant Company, Giant Food, Hannaford, and Stop & Shop.
The Kroger Co. is the largest supermarket chain in the country. In addition to its namesake stores, the future vaccine will also be available at City Market, Copps, Dillons, Fred Meyer, Frys, Harris Teeter, King Soopers, Marianos, Metro Market, Pick-n-Save, Ralphs, and Smiths.
Like some of the other chains on this list, Wegmans is part of a larger umbrella that also includes Acme Fresh Markets, ShopRite, and more supermarkets. Wegmans itself has more than 100 stores across Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. (Click here for the full list of Topco Associates businesses slated to offer the future vaccine.)
Walmart and Sam's Club have both partnered with the HHS to provide the future vaccine, meaning its customers in all 50 states plus Washington, D.C. will have access to a COVID-19 vaccine. Until then, Walmart is Bringing Back This In-Store Safety Rule.
Winn-Dixie first opened in 1925, and the supermarket chain now has locations across Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Plus, it's in the process of expanding.
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