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Lem Turner Road Walmart hosts drive-thru vaccine event

Event designed to provide access to COVID-19 vaccine to those most vulnerable

Lem Turner Road Walmart hosts drive-thru vaccine event
Lem Turner Road Walmart hosts drive-thru vaccine event

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Dozens of cars made their way through a pop-up vaccination site Thursday outside a Walmart Supercenter on Jacksonville’s Northside.

The event at 12100 Lem Turner Road will take place Thursday, Feb. 25, through Monday, March 1, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

The launch Thursday was a smooth and efficient process with people showing up for their appointment at the drive-thru site.

Eligible patients can schedule an appointment at www.walmart.com/COVIDvaccine. At this time, shots will be available to those who are age 65 and older, health care workers with direct patient contact, and residents and staff of long-term care facilities.

Insurance is not required, and there is no cost to receive the Pfizer vaccine. Appointments for the second shot will be made while at the appointment for the first shot.

When patients arrive, they start by checking in at the front, then they come by the tents for their first dose.

Walmart expects these events will take place over the next several weeks as allocations allow.

Walmart said it’s holding these events in locations that prioritize access for those deemed most vulnerable to COVID-19, as well as operational capabilities.

“The team factored in demographic information, local health needs, staffing and medically underserved data to identify initial locations where the company thinks it can make the greatest impact in increasing vaccine access,” Walmart said in a news release.

To stay up to date on how Walmart and Sam’s Club are helping with the vaccine rollout, visit https://corporate.walmart.com/covid-vaccine.

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