Kroger's Health Division Provides COVID-19 Vaccine Nationwide

Stacey Doud

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Kroger Health, the healthcare division of The Kroger Co. announced on Feb. 2 that it will provide the COVID-19 vaccine nationwide across its 2,200 pharmacies and 220 clinics.

Partnering with the federal government and state health departments, the vaccine will be administered in accordance with the states' rollout plan.

“Kroger Health’s experienced health care providers remain committed to helping our patients and associates live healthier lives. The size and scale of our health care operation provides us with the unique ability to efficiently facilitate COVID-19 testing and immunize a large portion of the U.S. population, once the authorized vaccines become more widely available,” said President of Kroger Health Colleen Lindholz.

Over the last few months, Kroger Health has worked closely with the Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Defense as well as the pharmaceutical companies and other businesses to prepare for vaccine authorization.

Now that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized two vaccines, Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, Kroger Health will support the phased approach, focusing first on priority populations as defined by federal and state governments. For example, they will begin to administer the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in Anchorage and Juneau, AK this week to health care workers in a joint effort partnership with the state of Alaska.

Kroger continues to advocate on behalf of associates for essential workers to have priority access to the vaccine in line with the organization’s efforts earlier this year to help associates access personal protection equipment like masks and gloves.

“Our most urgent priority throughout this pandemic has been to protect and provide a safe environment for our associates and patients while meeting our societal obligation to provide open stores, e-commerce solutions and an efficiently operating supply chain so that our communities have access to fresh, affordable food, essentials and health care," said Dr. Marc Watkins, Kroger Health’s Chief Medical Officer.

“We are strongly encouraging all customers and associates to receive the vaccine to curb the spread of COVID-19 in our communities, and we’ll do all we can to ensure they have access as soon as it’s available,” he added.

Kroger Health has facilitated more than 250,000 COVID-19 tests since April. In October, they launched rapid antibody tests to help inform patients if they may have been previously infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. This has expanded the organization’s existing portfolio of in-clinic and at-home COVID-19 diagnostic tests. Kroger Health also continues to administer the seasonal flu vaccine. To make an appointment, visit Kroger.com.

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