Tennessee joins Walmart, Sam's Club to distribute vaccine

Walmart and Sam's Club pharmacies across Tennessee will begin administering COVID-19 vaccines through the U.S. Federal Retail Pharmacy Program on Feb. 12, officials with Walmart announced in a news release Feb. 9. (Courtesy Walmart)
Walmart and Sam's Club pharmacies across Tennessee will begin administering COVID-19 vaccines through the U.S. Federal Retail Pharmacy Program on Feb. 12, officials with Walmart announced in a news release Feb. 9. (Courtesy Walmart)

Walmart and Sam's Club pharmacies across Tennessee will begin administering COVID-19 vaccines through the U.S. Federal Retail Pharmacy Program on Feb. 12, officials with Walmart announced in a news release Feb. 9. (Courtesy Walmart)

Beginning Feb. 12, Tennessee will become one of 22 states across the U.S. to partner with Walmart to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine.

The store, which operates more than 1,000 locations across those states, announced Feb. 9 it had received federal allocations of the vaccine based on population density and demographics.

The move is intended to help provide the vaccine to eligible residents in medically underserved areas. Vaccines will be administered by Walmart and Sam's Club pharmacists.

“Ninety percent of the country lives within 10 miles of a Walmart. We’re at the heart of many rural and underserved communities, and we are committed to providing access to vaccines as groups become eligible,” said Dr. Cheryl Pegus, executive vice president of health and wellness for Walmart, in a release. “Vaccinations to achieve widespread immunity are important for re-opening across the country. We’re proud to work together with the federal government, states, communities, customers and associates to reach that goal.”

In Tennessee specifically, Walmart will be the sole preferred pharmacy partner to administer the vaccine. The state has also previously partnered with Walgreen's and CVS to help vaccinate residents in long-term care and skilled nursing facilities.


“Our top priority is to vaccinate as many people as we can in Tennessee, and Walmart is a great large-scale partner to help reach that goal,” Gov. Bill Lee said in a release. “Due to the large footprint of Walmart stores across our state, we will be able to reach residents quickly and provide equitable and accessible vaccine distribution. We’re proud to partner with Walmart and know their expertise and geographic footprint will help boost our vaccine rollout and vaccination rates.”

There are two locations in Franklin that have been approved to distribute the vaccine: Walmart at 3600 Mallory Lane and Sam's Club at 3070 Mallory Lane. There are also six additional locations in Nashville; residents can find a full list of stores here.

Residents in eligible phases can schedule an appointment to receive the vaccine here.
By Wendy Sturges
A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Sturges has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and moved to Tennessee in 2019.


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