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01/22/2021

Amazon Launches New Vaccine Push

Amazon Launches New Vaccine Push
Retailers and pharmacies are stepping up COVID-19 vaccination efforts.

Amazon will use a pop-up clinic in its hometown of Seattle to vaccinate 2,000 eligible people daily against COVID-19.

Amazon offered no immediate comment about this new clinic but shared news reports about it on its website.

“Amazon Senior Vice President of Global Corporate Affairs Jay Carney, who announced the plan in a news conference with Washington Governor Jay Inslee, said a company executive will be working with Washington State’s Vaccine Command Center,” according to Reuters.

It added that Amazon will work with Virginia Mason Franciscan Health to operate the clinic.

“The move came a day after Reuters reported that Amazon had offered to help with the United States’ efforts involving the COVID-19 vaccine, citing a letter addressed to President Joe Biden,” the report said.

Various retailers have recently announced plans to help with the vaccination effort.

Walmart, for instance, recently said that it is prepared for when supply can meet demand, asserting that it's in a unique position to better administer vaccinations. The retailer plans to offer the vaccine seven days a week at its pharmacies through planned in-store vaccination clinics and large community events. 

Walgreens, meanwhile, announced that it has hit a vaccine milestone. The retailer has administered more than 1 million COVID-19 vaccinations across long-term care facilities and other vulnerable populations identified as part of state and jurisdiction distribution plans.