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A few weeks ago the Dr. Tom Van Gilder, Walmart Medical Director, announced that the chain is on delivery of the Covid-19 vaccination in its more than 5,000 pharmacies across the United States. Well, rumor has been unleashed on social networks that Pfizer Immunizers can be purchased at Walmart and Sam’s Club for only 20 dollarsthat is, roughly 400 Mexican pesos. But what is the truth about it?
According to an official statement from Walmart, the company was in the process of acquiring the equipment needed to store the vaccines, such as specialty freezers and dry ice. These must be kept at a temperature between -80 and -60 ° C so that they remain effective for up to 6 months. In a typical hospital refrigeration unit, the drug will remain viable for five days, Pfizer said.
Many people have misinterpreted the ad as well reported that the Pfizer vaccine is being sold in these supermarkets. The rumor was accompanied by a picture of a doctor on which it appears that the drug would be available in the form of a vaporizer cartridge. Each dose would supposedly be the same price that Pfizer and BioNTech agreed with the US government: 20 dollars.
– Why is it trending? (@porkestendencia) December 27, 2020
Mexican internet users They repeated the false information and expressed outrage that the country’s government will not commercialize the vaccine. A few days ago, when the first shipment of Pfizer’s coronavirus drug arrived in Mexico, Hugo Lopez-Gatell made that clear The federal government will not allow it to be sold by individuals and alarmed to the population about possible fraud.
Many accused the government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador Wanting to monopolize the vaccine by preventing people from receiving a dose themselves.
The vaccine for #COVID ー 19 is sold at Walmart
But in the US
In Mexico he will not go because only those who have money could buy it and where he and his votes would stay, he prefers thousands of Mexicans to die
– It hurts Mexico (@me_duele_mexico) December 27, 2020
Several others stated their plans to travel to the US as soon as possible to receive them.
And at Walmart in the fish department pic.twitter.com/VAXhWBb12w
– Firefly Nobody said it was easy. (@ luz611230) December 27, 2020
Will the vaccine be available at Walmart and Sam’s Club or not?
Indeed, The vaccine against COVID-19 is used in the Walmart and Sam’s Club pharmacies, but not for sale. At least not for the time being.
The idea is to expand the vaccination network and reach remote areas because, according to the company, “90% of the US population lives within 10 miles of a Walmart.” The plan could speed up the vaccination process in the United States, where around one million doses have been administered by December 23, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Can someone get vaccinated at Walmart in the US?
No. The vaccination schedule set by the CDC is very similar to that which several countries like Mexico will follow. Priority is given to health workers and the elderly. and then gradually immunize the rest of the population.
“We are preparing our 5,000+ pharmacies in Sam’s clubs and Walmart stores to be ready to manage key employees, first responders and elderly Americans in Priorities 1B and 1C, as per the latest recommendation from the CDC Advisory Committee for immunization practices “He pointed to the chain.
A few months ago when the business Warp speed, The United States government promised to receive 300 million cans against COVID-19 before 2021. However on December 24th CNN reported There was only that, according to the CDC 9.5 million existing cans. A day earlier, the CDC hardly confirmed this itself A million people have been vaccinated in this country. Even so, it is forecast that until the second week of January 20 million doses in the population.
In early December the still President of the United States, Donald Trump, signed a decree giving priority to the citizens of the neighboring country to receive the vaccine against COVID-19. Therefore, a foreign visitor is unlikely to access the vaccination at this time.
Finally, The supermarket chain is currently not selling the vaccine against the SARS-CoV-2 virus. It is unknown if this is planned in the future once the drug is used on the most vulnerable populations. In the meantime, you don’t need to have your visa on hand or pack your bags to get vaccinated at a Walmart in the United States.