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Walmart Is Now Offering Drive-Thru COVID-19 Vaccinations In 18 States

In total, 1,400 pharmacies in 35 states are offering vaccinations.

In order to reach more people, Walmart is expanding its COVID-19 vaccinations and launching drive-thru locations in store parking lots in vulnerable areas across 18 states.

The 43 new locations were selected because the area may be vulnerable and in need of medical services, the company says. The effort is in coordination with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which is providing Walmart with the vaccines. In addition to drive-thrus, Walmart will also be offering vaccinations in-store and at several off-site locations. (Related: The One Vitamin Doctors Are Urging Everyone to Take Right Now.)

Events, including drive-thru COVID-19 vaccinations, are currently being planned for Walmart locations in these states:

  • Alabama
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Indiana
  • Louisiana
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Nevada
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia

"We have two goals as we administer vaccines: first, to reach as many people as possible to enable reopening efforts, and second, to ensure equitable vaccine distribution across the communities we serve," Dr. Cheryl Pegus, the executive vice president of Health & Wellness, says in a post on the company's website. "We have focused most of our events in medically underserved neighborhoods, and we are proud to play a part in increasing access to the vaccine in these communities."

Ever since starting to offer COVID-19 vaccinations earlier in 2021, Walmart has quickly expanded its efforts. Over 1,400 pharmacies in 35 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C. are now involved.

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