Thanks to the U.S. Federal Retail Pharmacy Program, officials with Walmart announced that they will begin administering Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines in El Paso with a drive through clinic at the Walmart Parking Lot at 7101 Gateway Blvd West starting Thursday, February 25.
“We have two goals as we administer vaccines: first, to get as many shots in eligible arms as possible so we can start the process of reopening our country, and second, ensuring equitable vaccine access across the communities we serve,” Dr. Cheryl Pegus, Executive Vice President, Health & Wellness, said.
“We will continue finding new ways to increase vaccination access for our customers as we work towards the eventual end of the pandemic.”
Eligible patients can schedule a vaccine appointment via the Walmart website, while slots are available. Vaccines will be available to those who meet the current phase of vaccine eligibility in Texas which can be found via this link.
In addition to appointments, the scheduler will provide a digital reminder when it is time to return for the second vaccine, which is why customers are asked to create a profile, helping to ensure customers receive the second dose of the vaccine in the timeframe required.
Officials add that insurance is not required, there is no cost to receive the vaccine, and appointments for the second vaccination will be made while at the first appointment. Walmart anticipates these events will take place over the next several weeks as allocation allows.
“Walmart is holding vaccine events in locations that prioritize access for those deemed most vulnerable, as well as operational capabilities,” store officials shared via a news release. “The team factored in demographic information, local health needs, staffing and medically underserved data to identify initial locations where the company thinks it can make the greatest impact in increasing vaccine access.”
Walmart is partnering with CDC and states to move as quickly as possible to help administer vaccines to eligible populations in 35 participating states, Puerto Rico and District of Colombia. Vaccine supply and eligibility will vary based on state and local guidelines.
Walmart pharmacies will continue to support states, jurisdictions and the federal government to help increase the accessibility and availability of COVID-19 vaccines.
To stay up to date on how Walmart and Sam’s Club are supporting the vaccine rollout, click here.