Smith’s food and drug stores are in line to operate the COVID-19 vaccine after it became widely available at SALT LAKE CITY-Utah. Smith’s parent company, Kroger, announced Tuesday that it would provide the vaccine to residents in Utah and across the country, along with state health departments and the federal government.
“Our team of healthcare professionals is actively preparing for the authorization of the COVID-19 vaccine,” said Smith’s Corporate Affairs Manager Aubriana Martindale.
In a statement, Kroger said it would carry the US Food and Drug Administration-authorized vaccine, and the company would follow the federal roll-out plan. However, it is unclear when Smith will have the vaccine in stock. Martindale told KSL NewsRadio that Smith expected the vaccine, “as soon as possible.”
Martindale said that Kroger would only administer the FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine. Once available, the vaccine will be available at all Smith locations throughout the state.
Currently, only the Pfizer-BioTech COVID-19 vaccine is authorized for emergency use by the FDA. While the FDA reported Modern Shot to be 94.1% effective, it did not authorize the vaccine.
Smith’s distinct ability to provide the COVID-19 vaccine
Kroger states that it is uniquely qualified to administer this vaccine due to its widespread presence in communities across America
“At Smith’s time, we are committed to helping people live healthier lives. We have been diligent in our involvement in the community to prevent the spread of the virus, including free drive-through COVIDs with city and county health departments -19 involves providing. Testing, “Martindale said.
In Utah, Smith organized a one-day drive-through COVID-19 test site at the Maverik Center with the Governor’s Office and the Utah Department of Health.
Additionally, Smith has a $ 25 rapid antibody test with pharmacies at all locations in Utah Smith. Antibody results are usually available within 15 minutes.
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