BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Walmart and Sam’s Club stores will share at least 14,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines in Alabama beginning this Friday across more than 75 stores statewide.
Locations across central Alabama include three locations in Tuscaloosa, two in Oxford, one in Northport and one in Anniston. However, while while major cities like Montgomery, Mobile and Huntsville also have numerous stores offering the vaccine, there are no locations in Birmingham yet.
According to ADPH, this is just a first-round. State health officials hope the amount of locations will expand.
Walmart, though unable to interview Tuesday, explains in its news release that it primarily targeted medically underserved areas, using Brewton, Alabama as an example, claiming there are no other vaccination locations within 102 miles. However, ADPH website lists four vaccination sites in Brewton.
State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris recently said that any amount of vaccinations though, is a net positive.
“We think somewhere around 1 and a half million people are going to be eligible, and they all need two doses, at least for the products we have right now, that’s 3 million doses,” said Dr. Harris.
And they don’t have anywhere near enough yet. Walmart has told me that they will speak to me Wednesday.