Albertsons reaches 6 million COVID-19 vaccinations

Grocer serves up tools to aid customers’ vaccine efforts and offers rapid antigen self-test


Russell Redman, Supermarket News

Jul 19, 2021


Albertsons Cos. has hit the 6 million mark in COVID-19 shots administered by its pharmacies and rolled out new tools to help people get tested and vaccinated, including a digital record, rapid antigen self-tests and a vaccine map.


The new coronavirus vaccine milestone comes just over two months after Boise, Idaho-based Albertsons made the immunizations without an appointment and reported reaching 4 million COVID vaccinations provided via its 1,700 pharmacies. The retailer said Monday that shots are available at its Safeway, Vons, Albertsons, Jewel-Osco, Acme, Shaw’s, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Market Street, Haggen and Carrs pharmacies with no appointment.


Part of the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program for COVID-19 Vaccination, which allocates immunizations directly to pharmacy partners. Albertsons administered its first COVID vaccine doses, from Pfizer/BioNTech, in mid-December at a clinic in Alaska run by Carrs/Safeway pharmacists. The retailer’s pharmacy teams topped the 1 million mark in COVID-19 vaccines administered in early March.


“As front-line healthcare providers, our pharmacy teams have been heroic in administering millions of vaccinations to our customers across the country and providing them with critical information and solutions during these unprecedented times,” Omer Gajial, senior vice president of pharmacy and health at Albertsons, said in a statement...


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