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CDC, Dollar General Consider Partnership To Distribute Vaccines

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U.S. health officials are exploring a partnership with Dollar General to accelerate the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is in talks with Dollar General to help accelerate the rollout in rural areas, CDC director Rochelle Walensky said Tuesday.

Dollar General does not have pharmacies, but it has more than 17,000 stores in 46 states.

“That’s about three times the number of locations as Walmart and more than half as many as CVS and Walgreens, all three of which are delivering COVID-19 vaccines at some of their pharmacy locations,” USA Today reports.

Walgreens operates approximately 9,021 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, its website reads.

CVS has more than 9,900 retail locations in 49 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, while Walmart operates approximately 10,500 stores and clubs.

“In rural areas, residents often don’t have access to big-box stores,” Walensky said at the Health Action Alliance’s virtual National Business Summit, per USA Today. “We’re exploring a promising collaboration with Dollar General stores, which have locations that include refrigeration capacity within 10 or 15 miles of our rural communities in all but four states.”

The talks between the CDC and Dollar General come amid concern that many rural Americans won’t get vaccinated.

USA Today reports this could make the pandemic last longer.

“Individuals living in rural areas in the U.S. are significantly less likely to say they will get a COVID-19 vaccine that is deemed safe and available for free than individuals living in suburban and urban America,” according to Kaiser Family Foundation research published in January.

Written by Meg Turner

Meg graduated from the University of Central Florida and writes and tweets about anything related to sports. She replies to comments she shouldn't reply to online and thinks the CFP Rankings are absolutely rigged. Follow her on Twitter at @Megnturner_ and Instagram at @Megnturner.

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  1. The Venerable Joe Kinsey called it 2 months ago, share the vaccine with Chick-Fila, so we can get a jab with our combo #1. If the idiotic (and useless) federal government had taken Joe’s advice the entire country would have been vaccinated in about 3 weeks.

    • Jen Psaki just responded after circling back: “the Federal Government will not do business with Chik Fil A as they are run by homophobes and white supremacists. Our crack team of government bureaucrats is exploring vaccine distribution partnerships with all LGBTQ, socialist and Antifa-friendly organizations. In other words, look to receive your vaccine via tweet or facebook post”

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