ShopRite said that 39 select pharmacies in New Jersey are set to administer COVID-19 vaccines to healthcare workers as part of its partnership with the state of New Jersey, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
ShopRite pharmacies are following the federal government’s distribution schedule and are taking a phased approach to the vaccine’s distribution, focusing on those individuals at highest risk of exposure. In this first phase, persons working in the healthcare profession are prioritized to receive the vaccine.
“We are excited to be part of the initial stages of this unprecedented public health campaign as we begin vaccinating healthcare workers who are on the front lines in the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Jeffrey Mondelli, RPh, VP of pharmacy, health and beauty at Wakefern Food Corp., the logistics, distribution and merchandising arm for ShopRite stores.
Mondelli said that the store locations were chosen in coordination with the New Jersey State Department of Health. “We stand ready to serve and will continue to provide increased access to this life-saving vaccine as new expanded eligibility guidelines are released by the CDC.”
For those eligible, vaccinations are available by appointment only, while supplies last.
For more information on eligibility or to make an appointment, visit vaccines.shoprite.com or download the ShopRite Pharmacy mobile app and use the online scheduler. Due to demand, appointment availability may be limited.
Currently, vaccines are not available for the general public. However, ShopRite anticipates expanding access to the vaccine as soon as the government enters the next phase of the vaccine’s distribution.
As part of its partnership with the federal government, ShopRite pharmacies have received an initial shipment of the Moderna vaccine – which requires two inoculations. Those who have specific questions or concerns about the vaccine should consult with their physician or healthcare provider. There is no charge to receive the vaccination.
A list of participating ShopRite pharmacies distributing COVID-19 vaccines to healthcare personnel can be found at vaccines.shoprite.com.