MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) – About 200 Walgreens locations across the state will soon begin offering coronavirus vaccines as part of a new federal program launching this week.
On Thursday, the Department of Health Services explained that the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program effort in Wisconsin will begin at 178 Walgreens pharmacies. The agency noted that many of the stores are in underserved areas of the state.
“This partnership is another tool to support the great work local public health is doing in our communities,” Gov. Tony Evers said in a statement.
Health officials warn that the new pharmacy-based initiative will be limited in scope to start due to supply limitations. To begin with, the 178 pharmacies will have to divide 17,800 doses of the Moderna vaccine.
Wisconsin Walgreens will only offer the COVID-19 vaccine to those who qualify according to DHS guidelines. However, the relatively few doses mean that not everyone who qualifies can get the vaccine right away.
While more groups are expected to be added in early March, the vaccine is only approved for:
- Frontline health workers;
- Residents in skilled nursing and long-term care facilities;
- Police officers, firefighters, and correctional officers;
- People over 65 years of age.
Those who qualify will need to schedule an appointment online through the Walgreeens website. A call center is expected to be established for those without internet access, however, according to DHS, it is not available at this time.
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