Some chain pharmacies will start administering the COVID-19 vaccine on Friday

Posted at 7:36 AM, Feb 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-12 11:27:28-05

IDAHO — Though supplies remain limited, Idaho's capacity to distribute vaccines continues to grow. Starting on Friday, participating Walmart and Albertsons locations will begin administering COVID-19 vaccines, under the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program.

State health officials expect to receive at least 5,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for participating chain pharmacies to administer.

During the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare's media briefing Tuesday, Public Health Administrator Elke Shaw-Tulloch said one million doses would be going to chain pharmacies across the U.S. as part of the federal program.

"As more doses are available, more retail pharmacies would be able to practice in this retail pharmacy program," Shaw-Tulloch said.

A media release from Walmart said it would have ten locations statewide offering COVID-19 vaccinations.

An Albertsons spokesperson said most participating pharmacies would administer the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine and recommends visitingAlbertsons websiteto make an appointment.

The pharmacies will be administering the COVID-19 vaccine to eligible Idahoans under thecurrent state's priority group.

Crush the Curve Idaho says it's keeping tabs on vaccine availability to help people figure out where to schedule their appointments.

"We can hit the phone once a day with our staff. We can find out what's available. We can update our list of people who offer vaccines and are approved to offer vaccines in the state. Give Idahoans somewhere where they can go that is a centralized list," said Executive Director of Crush the Curve Idaho Tina Upson.

You can find that list on the Crush the Curve website.

Here a list of participating Walmart pharmacy locations:

Walmart #1900: 385 N OVERLAND AVE, BURLEY, ID 83318
Walmart #2780: 5108 CLEVELAND BLVD, CALDWELL, ID 83607
Walmart #1995: 4240 YELLOWSTONE AVE, CHUBBUCK, ID 83202
Walmart #2831: 2680 S LINCOLN AVE, JEROME, ID 83338
Walmart #5869: 2470 WEST PULLMAN ROAD 2, MOSCOW, ID 83843
Walmart #3739: 5875 E FRANKLIN RD, NAMPA, ID 83687\
Walmart #1878: 1450 NORTH 2ND EAST, REXBURG, ID 83440
Walmart #4249: 583 COMMERCE DRIVE, SMELTERVILLE, ID 83868
Walmart #3897: 252 CHENEY DR W, TWIN FALLS, ID 83301