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Pittsburgher's Can Get COVID-19 Vaccines at Select Walmart and Sam's Club Locations

Krystal Emerson


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Starting next week, Pittsburgh residents will be able to get the COVID-19 vaccination at select Walmart and Sam's Club locations.

Currently, five local Sam's Club locations have confirmed that they will be offering the vaccine next week. The locations are:

  • Pittsburgh Mills
  • Hempfield
  • Monroeville
  • West Mifflin
  • Trinity Point

At this time, it is unknown whether more Sam's Club store locations in the Pittsburgh area will be added in the future. For now, these are the locations around Pittsburgh that will be receiving a limited supply of the Covid-19 vaccine from the Federal Government.

It is expected that some Walmart locations in the Pittsburgh area will start offering the vaccine as well. However, if you search for Walmart stores that are offering the vaccine on the Walmart Pharmacy site, it currently states that "Walmart pharmacies in this location do not yet administer COVID-19 vaccines yet."

However, if you are eager to get your COVID-19 vaccination, I recommend checking the Walmart pharmacy site for updates regularly. Both Walmart Pharmacy's and the Sam's Club locations listed will be receiving a limited supply of the vaccine next week. Once they receive their limited allocation, they will open up their online scheduling system to the public.

You will be able to schedule appointments for the Sam's Club locations above by going to samsclub.com/covid. It appears that you need to have a Sam's Club membership in order to use their online scheduling portal.

You can schedule an appointment at your local Walmart (once the vaccine becomes available) by going to walmart.com/COVIDvaccine.

Walmart and Sam's Club customers who utilize this online scheduling tool will also receive a reminder when it is time to get their second dose of the vaccine.

At this time, it is unknown how many does of the vaccine each location will receive. Currently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expanding efforts to administer the vaccine to more Pittsburgh residents through the U.S. Federal Retail Pharmacy Program. However, the number of doses allocated for each location is expected to be limited, at least for the near future.

Once a location has allocated all of the available doses of the vaccine through the online scheduling system, the system will likely be closed down temporarily until the location receives more doses of the vaccine from the Federal Government.

Alternatively, those looking for the COVID-19 vaccination may want to monitor the UPMC Health System site, where updates regarding vaccine supply and eligibility are provided regularly. In an update from February 4, 2021, UPMC stated that it is currently seeking more COVID-19 vaccines from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Their goal is to help as many people in our community get access to the vaccine as soon as possible. To date, UPMC Health System has administered more than 100,000 vaccines to health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities. These populations are identified as being at high risk for contracting the COVID-19 virus and are therefore given priority over others in the community at large.

UMPC is looking forward to expanding its distribution of the vaccine in the coming weeks and months. Unfortunately, at this time, the supply of the vaccine remains critically low, which means that only those considered to be at elevated risk are eligible to receive the inoculation.

While it is recommended that you check the UPMC website for updates frequently, they do recommend that people in the community not wait to get their vaccination at a UPMC facility or doctor's office. They recommend that people obtain the vaccine as soon as possible from any legitimate location in order to protect themselves and others from becoming sick and spreading the disease.

While the vaccine rollout is happening slower than most of us would like, there is hope on the horizon. According to the latest reports, the number of new daily COVID-19 infections is currently half of what it was during the peak of the pandemic on January 12, 2021.

The number of hospitalizations due to COVID-19 infection is also at its lowest point since late November.

While these numbers bring hope that the pandemic is slowing down, they are somewhat puzzling since less than 9% of the U.S. population has received the vaccination. Some theories explain the dip in new cases by pointing out the holiday season was a catalyst for the dramatic spike in new cases that we saw in November, December, and early January.

Now that the holiday season has ended and life has returned to a relative "normal" level of activity with reduced social encounters, the number of new cases and hospitalizations has dropped as a result. Others believe that the vaccine is already starting to work for those who have received the vaccine, and that is the reason for the decline in cases.

For many, the question of whether the vaccine will slow the spread of the virus anytime soon is still looming heavily on their minds. Some experts have reported that, at the current rate the vaccine is being administered, it could take up to seven years to eradicate the pandemic.

Well-known medical experts such as Anthony Fauci had stated that 70 to 85 percent of the population would need to be vaccinated before life as we knew it before it can return to normal. While the vaccination rate is expected to pick up and supply catches up with demand, at our current rate of vaccine distribution, we could all be waiting a very long time for worldwide recovery.

The moral of the story is that the sooner the majority of the population can receive the vaccination, the sooner life can and will improve for all of us. Opportunities to get the vaccine are coming to Pittsburgh now, and distribution will increase in the coming weeks and months ahead.

Be sure to check with your local Walmart or Sam's Club via their online schedulers if you would like to set up an appointment to get your vaccination next week. You can also check the UPMC website or reach out to your primary care physician to inquire about availability.

Until then, continue wearing your mask when in public, practice safe social distancing, and wash your hands frequently. A solution to this pandemic is coming. We all need to do our part, remain patient, and take action to get the vaccine when the opportunity becomes available.

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