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This Grocery Store Chain Is Helping to Give Out the COVID Vaccine Nationwide

The first one will be given as early as this week to healthcare workers in one state.

Kroger is one of the 11 grocery store chains to partner with the government in order to administer a COVID-19 vaccine. Now that two have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and are being distributed, the chain is preparing 2,200 pharmacies and 220 clinics across the country. And people in one state will start to get vaccinated as early as around Christmas Day.

Health care workers in Anchorage and Juneau, Alaska will get the Pfizer vaccine this week from Kroger Health, but it says it is working toward vaccination efforts for non-essential workers in other areas, according to a Dec. 22 statement. (Stay safe with The One Vitamin Doctors Are Urging Everyone to Take Right Now.)

"As one of the most-accessible health care partners in the U.S., Kroger Health is prepared and ready to play an active role in helping distribute the vaccine in collaboration with public health officials and community partners," says the chief medical officer of Kroger Health, Dr. Marc Watkins. "We are strongly encouraging all customers and associates to receive the vaccine to curb the spread of COVID-19 in our communities, and we'll do all we can to ensure they have access as soon as it's available."

As part of the preparation, the grocery store chain is hiring around 1,000 additional health care personnel. Kroger's timeline is quicker than one of its competitors. The CEO of Costco said in mid-December it won't start administering a vaccine at its pharmacies until early spring.

Other grocery stores set to help the government with the vaccine are Albertsons, H-E-B, Hy-Vee, Meier, Publix, Walmart, and more. For the full list that also includes some of your local drug stores, visit the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' website.

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Amanda McDonald
Amanda is a staff writer for Eat This, Not That!. Read more