INDIANAPOLIS — In the expanding world of businesses offering the COVID-19 vaccine, count Kroger in.
Kroger Health, the heathcare division of the supermarket chain, announced Tuesday it will begin providing the vaccine nationwide at its 2,200 pharmacies and 220 clinics.
“Kroger Health’s experienced health care providers remain committed to helping our patients and associates live healthier lives. The size and scale of our health care operation provides us with the unique ability to efficiently facilitate COVID-19 testing and immunize a large portion of the U.S. population, once the authorized vaccines become more widely available," said Colleen Lindholz, Kroger Health’s president.
According to the company, Kroger Health has been working with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Defense as well as the pharmaceutical companies and other businesses to prepare for vaccine authorization.
Kroger says it continues to "advocate on behalf of associates for essential workers to have priority access to the vaccine in line with the organization’s efforts earlier this year to help associates access personal protection equipment like masks and gloves."
“As one of the most-accessible health care partners in the U.S., Kroger Health is prepared and ready to play an active role in helping distribute the vaccine in collaboration with public health officials and community partners,” said Dr. Marc Watkins, Kroger Health’s chief medical officer.
Kroger Health is hiring nearly 1,000 health care personnel, including pharmacy technicians, to support operations and the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine. To view opportunities and apply, visit Jobs.Kroger.com.