Meijer has ramped up its COVID-19 vaccination efforts.
In an effort to increase access to the COVID-19 vaccine, the Midwest retailer has been identified by the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program as a partner to directly receive and administer doses of the vaccine in all of the Midwest states where it operates, recently adding Wisconsin, Illinois and Kentucky. The expansion will allow Meijer to administer a total of 150,000 doses this week at each of its stores throughout its six-state footprint, as well as offsite clinics.
Meijer was previously named a federal retail partner in the states of Michigan, Indiana and Ohio. To date, the retailer has conducted more than 3,000 vaccine clinics large and small, administering 500,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
This week alone, Meijer will conduct more than 950 clinics, both large and small scale, in its stores throughout the Midwest. This is in addition to supporting FEMA at the mass vaccination clinics being held at Ford Field in Detroit and numerous offsite clinics with different partners.
Meijer, based in Grand Rapids, Mich., operates 256 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin.
"Our stores and pharmacies continue playing an integral role in supporting their communities across the Midwest during this challenging time," said Meijer president and CEO Rick Keyes said. "Whether our team members and pharmacists are working with local organizations, coordinating offsite events or hosting large in-store clinics, we're proud to continue our efforts as a federal retail pharmacy partner in the states of Wisconsin, Illinois and Kentucky as we expand access to these critical vaccines and defeat this pandemic."