MADISON — More than 175 Walgreens pharmacies across Wisconsin are expecting to begin administering COVID-19 vaccines today, marking the beginning of a federal program that targets underserved areas, state health officials announced Thursday.
The vaccinations will be provided for free under the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program, a state and federal partnership, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services said. Initially, there will be about 17,800 doses of vaccine sent to 178 Walgreens locations across the state, or about 100 for each location.
Eight of those Walgreens pharmacies are in Racine County. They are located at:
- 3825 Durand Ave., Racine
- 4901 Spring St., Racine
- 1920 Douglas Ave., Racine
- 819 N. Memorial Drive, Racine
- 900 E. Main St., Waterford
- 4810 Washington Ave., Racine
- 5005 Douglas Ave., Racine
- 680 Milwaukee Ave., Burlington
Another six are in Kenosha County, four in Walworth County, 13 in Waukesha County and 41 in Milwaukee County.
In what is good news for Wisconsin, those 17,800 doses will not be subtracted from the limited allocations of vaccine coming into the state directly.
Walgreens has already been heavily involved in nationwide vaccine rollout as the massive chains’ employees have been tasked with vaccinating seniors living in long-term care facilities. CVS is the other partner of the federal government and Wisconsin government in that effort.
The Federal Retail Pharmacy Program “offers another avenue” for people to be vaccinated, Dr. Stephanie Schauer, program manager for the state Division of Public Health Immunization, said Thursday.
Those who are eligible for vaccination, which includes anyone over age 65, right now must schedule an appointment through the Walgreens website, Walgreens.com/ScheduleVaccine. A phone line to schedule appointments is expected to be set up soon, but wasn’t available as of Thursday afternoon.
The state cautioned that due to limited supply, not everyone eligible will be able to get a vaccination appointment. Vaccinations through that program were expected to begin Friday.
“It’s true that we’re getting more shots in arms,” Gov. Tony Evers said in a statement, “but the vaccine is still a scarce resource, and we have plenty of masks to go around, so mask up.”
Adam Rogan of The Journal Times contributed to this report.