After the Jean Coutu Group, the giant Walmart also wants to participate in the vaccination campaign of Quebecers against COVID-19.
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“Following government announcements and discussions with pharmacy stakeholders across the country, Walmart Canada is poised to play a role in the rollout of immunization,” the statement said in a statement. direction.
For several months, the retailer’s pharmacy division has already been involved in the battle against COVID-19.
In Alberta and Ontario, Walmart has provided “thousands of tests” under government pilot programs.
In the United States, the company already offers a COVID-19 vaccination service. Management hopes to be able to “administer between 10 and 13 million doses per month” when supplies allow.
In Quebec, the chain has 68 Accès pharma affiliated pharmacies. It will be up to the pharmacists of these establishments to make the final decision if the Legault government asks for help.
“Walmart Canada has prepared to work closely with its Accès pharma franchisees by strongly encouraging its pharmacists to participate in the deployment and inoculation of COVID-19 vaccines,” said the spokesperson at Walmart , Steeve Azoulay.
As part of the latest influenza vaccination campaign, staff at Walmart pharmacies immunized more than 180,000 Canadians. This is an increase of 50% compared to 2019.
While awaiting the next government guidelines for mass vaccination of Canadians, Walmart says it has increased its refrigeration capacity through its network of pharmacies.
The company claims to have also purchased very low temperature freezers in order to participate in the storage of certain vaccine formulas.
Walmart is not the only organization raising its hand to vaccinate Quebecers. Last week, Metro President and CEO Eric La Flèche mentioned that the Jean Coutu Group would be ready to participate as soon as the government requests it.