GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— Meijer is preparing to launch a series of vaccine clinics this week at stores throughout the State of Michigan, the retailer said Monday, with plans to administer up to 25,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses by week’s end. The vaccines will be administered to Michiganders 65 years and older who have pre-registered through the company’s vaccine registration process.
“We are very proud of the role our stores and pharmacies continue to play in this massive effort to vaccinate people against COVID-19,” Meijer president & CEO Rick Keyes said. “As a pharmacy partner to both the State of Michigan and the federal government, we have been able to receive vaccines and quickly administer doses to thousands of people in our communities, usually within 72 hours.”
During the last few weeks, Meijer has conducted vaccine clinics in numerous counties throughout the state, administering up to 1,200 vaccines in a single day at some stores. Since its first clinic on Jan. 15, the retailer has administered more than 20,000 doses in Michigan and more than 30,000 doses overall, primarily to seniors 65 and older. This week’s aggressive vaccine schedule is possible through partnerships with several counties and cities in Michigan, along with doses received from the State of Michigan and the Centers for Disease Control.
“I’m extremely proud of the amazing work our store and pharmacy teams have done to create a quick and efficient process for our vaccine clinics,” Meijer vice president of pharmacy Jason Beauch said. “The importance of these clinics is not lost on our team members and patients – it’s a very emotional experience for everyone involved.”