The federal authorities will ship 1 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine to a nationwide community of pharmacies beginning Feb. 11 in a push to make the jabs extra extensively obtainable, the White Home introduced Tuesday.
The shot shipments — which can initially go to 6,500 pharmacies throughout the nation — are a part of a broader growth of the federal effort to inoculate People in opposition to the lethal virus, White Home COVID-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients mentioned.
“It will present extra websites for individuals to get vaccinated of their communities,” mentioned Zients, talking throughout a digital briefing.
Although the primary wave could be comparatively small in scope due to lingering provide points, Zients mentioned the plan is to finally develop this system greater than six fold.
“This preliminary section of activating native pharmacies will get extra pictures in arms and can be certain that pharmacies have the infrastructure and the expertise they want to scale up when vaccine provide will increase within the months forward,” he mentioned. “Ultimately, as we’re in a position to enhance provide, up to 40,000 pharmacies nationwide might present COVID-19 vaccines.
“These are locations starting from native, unbiased pharmacies to nationwide pharmacies in supermarkets,” he continued. “It is a important step to present the general public with handy, trusted locations to get vaccinated of their communities.”
In New York state, CVS is about to obtain some 20,600 doses throughout 32 shops, in accordance to the chain — however that doesn’t embody any New York Metropolis areas for now.
Walgreens areas, together with within the metropolis, will even be receiving doses as a part of this system, although its announcement didn’t element portions.
CVS and Walgreens have already been administering vaccines at nursing properties, however these new pictures could be obtainable for different eligible individuals locally.
The pharmacy vaccines will nonetheless be topic to state eligibility pointers on who can obtain the shot and when, nonetheless. In New York, that at present contains well being care employees, academics, cops, public transit employees, individuals residing in homeless shelters and everybody over the age of 65.
Zients made the announcement Tuesday as he additionally mentioned the feds would individually enhance the variety of doses despatched to states by 5 p.c.