WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration will begin providing COVID-19 vaccines to U.S. pharmacies, part of its plan to ramp up vaccinations as new and potentially more serious virus strains are starting to appear.
White House coronavirus coordinator Jeff Zients said Tuesday the government will initially ship about 1 million doses to some 6,500 pharmacies around the country, starting next week.
That’s expected to accelerate as drugmakers increase production. Drug stores have become a mainstay for flu shots and shingles vaccines.
The pharmacy vaccine program will be administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and include outlets such as CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, Rite Aid and Costco, as well as supermarket pharmacies