Grand Rapids, Michigan-based Meijer is gearing up to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to children ages 5-11 at all its pharmacies across the midwest by opening its appointment scheduling system. The retailer will begin administering the first in the Pfizer two-dose series to the latest eligibility group on Nov. 9 by appointment only to start.
“We care about the communities we serve and realize this latest step on the path to maintaining our healthy communities will be an emotional relief for numerous families across the Midwest,” said Jackie Morse, Meijer VP of pharmacy. “That’s why our pharmacy team is doing its absolute best to accommodate busy schedules by offering after school and weekend vaccination appointments. Regardless of your family’s obligations, it’s important to know that our teams are here for you to help make the community safer.”
Eligible patients can text COVID to 75049 to schedule an appointment for their child’s first dose of the Pfizer vaccine; the second doses will be scheduled 21 days later. However, families may call or stop by the pharmacy if they need help with scheduling.
Meijer continues to administer doses of the J&J, Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, including boosters, to eligible individuals. To date, the retailer has administered more than 2 million doses. All those eligible are encouraged to get their vaccine at their local Meijer pharmacy.
Meijer pharmacists are also urging patients to get their flu shots as flu season quickly approaches. The flu shot and COVID-19 vaccine can be administered at the same time.
Meijer operates 258 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin.
In other news, Rivertown Market, opened by Meijer earlier this month in Detroit, Michigan’s East Jefferson Corridor, donated $40,000 to eight Detroit-based nonprofits in support of their missions within the city. Click here to see the story.