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Walmart pharmacies to administer COVID-19 vaccine in Kansas

Published: Feb. 3, 2021 at 1:13 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 9, 2021 at 4:13 PM CST
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(KWCH) - Update Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021: Kansans who are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine will soon be able to receive them through Walmart locations across the state.

On Tuesday, Walmart announced that its pharmacies at several stores across Kansas will begin administering COVID-19 vaccines on Friday, Feb. 12. Eligible customers can schedule a vaccine appointment via Walmart’s website, once appointments are available. Currently, Kansas is in Phase 2of its vaccination plan which, in most counties, includes people 65 and older, first responders and other essential workers, including teachers.

Walmart said it consulted with the CDC and states to determine where to make vaccines available, taking into account population density, demographics, infection rates and availability of local healthcare resources. The consideration also included looking at pharmacies located in medically underserved areas, as designated by the Health Resources and Services Administration.

In Kansas, a vaccine will be available at Walmart pharmacies in Arkansas City, Atchison, Chanute, Coffeyville, Colby, Concordia, El Dorado, Emporia, Fort Scott, Hays, Iola, Junction City, Lawrence Leavenworth, Olathe, Parsons, Pittsburg, Topeka and Winfield.

“Ninety percent of the country lives within 10 miles of a Walmart. We’re committed to helping people live better – and healthier lives – in Kansas, and we take that role very seriously,” said Dr. Cheryl Pegus, Executive Vice President, Health & Wellness in a news release from Walmart. “We want to help the country re-open, but we can only achieve that through widespread COVID-19 vaccination. We’re proud to work together with the federal government, states, communities, customers and associates to expand access to the vaccine and reach that goal.”

None of the Walmart pharmacies in Wichita will get the vaccine, but Sedgwick County officials said they have had contact with Walmart in the past week.

Sedgwick County Manager Tom Stolz said he’s had recent conversations with Walmart, Dillons and Costco.

“All of them confirmed they’re getting some vaccines in, though very limited,” Stolz said.

Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021: Walmart and Sam’s Club pharmacies could begin offering the COVID-19 vaccine in Kansas as soon as late next week.

Kansas was one of 22 states including Kansas named by the retailers through the U.S. Federal Retail Pharmacy Program. Walmart and Sam’s Club already have already been offering the vaccine in 18 other states, territories and district jurisdictions through local partnerships and agreements.

Walmart said once a store or club receives its allocation, an online scheduler will be available for those eligible to make appointments at walmart.com/COVIDvaccine and samsclub.com/covid. Eligibility will be determined by the states for who can receive the vaccine.

Initial supplies are expected to be limited.

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