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Some pharmacies in South Dakota Walmarts to administer COVID-19 vaccines to eligible customers

Walmart offers COVID Vaccinations Appointments
Walmart offers COVID Vaccinations Appointments(WTOK)
Published: Feb. 10, 2021 at 9:50 AM CST
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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA) - UPDATE 3:50 p.m. Feb. 10, 2021

Later Wednesday, the South Dakota Department of Health confirmed which South Dakota Walmarts would get federal COVID-19 vaccine allocations.

Four retail pharmacies will begin offering vaccines at 13 locations across the state on Thursday, according to the South Dakota Department of Health. None of those locations are in western South Dakota though.

List of retail pharmacies providing COVID-19 vaccines in South Dakota
List of retail pharmacies providing COVID-19 vaccines in South Dakota(South Dakota Dept. of Health)

Hy-Vee Pharmacy, Lewis Drug, Walmart Pharmacy, and Cardinal Health are the four retail partners participating in South Dakota. All 13 of the initial retail pharmacies are located East River, including locations in Huron, Brookings, Vermillion, Watertown, Mitchell, Pierre, Hartford and Sioux Falls.

Walmart pharmacies in South Dakota will be able to begin administering COVID-19 vaccines to eligible customers this Friday.

Once available, eligible customers can schedule a vaccination appointment through Walmart’s website. Vaccines will be available to those who meet the current phase of vaccine eligibility in South Dakota, which can be found on the South Dakota Department of Health website.

“Ninety percent of the country lives within ten miles of a Walmart. We’re committed to helping people live better – and healthier lives – in South Dakota, and we take that role very seriously,” said Dr. Cheryl Pegus, Executive Vice President, Health & Wellness. “We want to help the country re-open, but we can only achieve that through widespread COVID-19 vaccination. We’re proud to work together with the federal government, states, communities, customers, and associates to expand access to the vaccine and reach that goal.”

More than 1,000 Walmart and Sam’s Club pharmacies in 22 states received federal vaccine allocations this week through the U.S. Federal Retail Pharmacy Program.

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