Walmart prepares to administer Covid vaccines at stores across the U.S.


A worker collects shopping carts at a Walmart store on May 19, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. Walmart reported a 74% increase in U.S. online sales for the quarter that ended April 30, and a 10% increase in same store sales for the same period as the effects of the coronavirus helped to boost sales.

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Walmart is getting ready to administer Covid-19 vaccinations across the country once it’s approved, the company’s chief medical officer said Thursday.

In a post on the company’s website, Dr. Tom Van Gilder said the company is preparing staff at its more than 5,000 stores and Sam’s Club pharmacies to receive the vaccine doses and have the right storage for them — such as freezers at the proper temperature.

He said the big-box retailer is uniquely positioned to help with the vaccine’s rollout.

“With 90% of the American population living within 10 miles of a Walmart, we will play an important part in making sure those who want a vaccine can get one when they are eligible based on their state’s prioritization, especially those in hard to reach parts of the country that have recently been hit hard by the epidemic,” he said.

This story is breaking and will be updated.

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