Administering COVID-19 Vaccines

Published on December 23, 2020 and last updated on September 28, 2021

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Administering COVID-19 Vaccines

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Walmart and Sam’s Club are administering COVID-19 vaccines in all of our more than 5,100 U.S. pharmacies in the United States, including Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C.

In addition:

  • Our pharmacists (and pharmacy technicians in some states) give millions of shots a year, and they are trained under strict, up-to-date guidelines to be able to administer vaccines.
  • We are strongly encouraging all associates to get vaccinated. To help make that as easy as possible, we’re offering appointments to associates in our stores and clubs, providing two hours paid time to get a vaccination and allowing associates to get the vaccine during their shifts if vaccines are being offered at their home locations. We also enhanced our COVID emergency leave policy to include 3 days of paid leave for any vaccine side effects for our associates. Additionally, we are offering a cash bonus to U.S. field associates who receive the vaccine.
  • We are requiring all market, regional and divisional associates who work in multiple facilities and all campus office associates to be vaccinated by Oct. 4, 2021, unless they have an approved exception.

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Availability and Eligibility

To check COVID-19 vaccine availability and eligibility in your area, access your state department of health website on the map below. Eligible customers can schedule a vaccine appointment directly via the Walmart and Sam's Club websites when times are available.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do customers need an appointment to get a vaccination?
No, an appointment is not required. The more than 5,100 Walmart and Sam’s Club pharmacies accept walk-ins, as well as appointments via the scheduler. In addition to appointments, the scheduler will provide a digital reminder when it is time to return for the second vaccine, which is why customers are asked to create a profile, helping to ensure customers receive the second dose of the vaccine. Check with your state’s department of health for additional information about how the process is working in your area.

Walmart’s scheduler can be found by visiting Walmart.com/covidvaccine. Sam’s Club’s scheduler can be found by visiting SamsClub.com/covid.

A membership is not required to get a vaccination at Sam’s Club.

How do I know if I'm eligible for a vaccine?
All individuals age 12 and older are eligible to receive the vaccine across the United States. At this time, only the Pfizer vaccine is authorized for those age 12 and older. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are currently only authorized for adults age 18 and older.

What do I need to bring to my appointment?

  1. On the day of your appointment, please bring your insurance card if you have one.
  2. CDC does not require proof of age, occupation, or any other type of credentials; instead the organization relies on you to attest that you meet current eligibility. You may need to verify eligibility in Kentucky and New York, please check their vaccine websites.
  3. Please plan to stay on site for at least 15 minutes after your shot for monitoring.

What is Walmart’s role in administering the COVID-19 vaccine?
Walmart is proud to support states and the federal government in expanding access to the vaccine as a member of the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program.

What are COVID-19 booster shots and where can I find more information?
According to the CDC, a booster shot is a dose of vaccine administered when a person’s initial immune response (a person’s initial protection against the COVID-19 virus) has begun to fade. Walmart and Sam’s Club are now administering booster shots. You can find more information from the CDC here.

Is the vaccine safe?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration decides to authorize vaccines based on the safety and efficacy of each vaccine. The FDA issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) of the Pfizer and Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, You can find more information from the FDA on the COVID-19 vaccine here.

Which COVID-19 vaccines do Walmart and Sam’s Club offer?
We offer the FDA-authorized vaccines allocated by the government, including Pfizer, Moderna and J&J.

Did your pharmacists require special training?
In addition to the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) immunization training, all of our pharmacists received specific training on the vaccines they are administering.

Will the federal government provide the vaccine to you?
Yes, all vaccines are being provided by the federal government to pharmacies or the state.

Is there a cost to the vaccine? If so, what is the price?
The federal government is providing the vaccine at no cost. Walmart’s fee to administer the vaccine will be billed to private insurance or the federal government.

How do I schedule my second dose?
When an individual receives the first dose at a Sam’s Club or Walmart location, our pharmacy staff will schedule second doses through a manual process while the customer is on site.

Is Walmart only administering the vaccine in the pharmacy?
No, Walmart is partnering with community organizations to host COVID-19 vaccination events, mainly in communities most vulnerable to COVID-19. In select states, we are hosting vaccination events in the store, at drive-thru clinics in our parking lots and at third-party sites like community centers, churches and other locations. To find out where Walmart is administering the vaccine and to make an appointment, visit walmart.com/COVIDvaccine.

As an employer, how do I schedule a vaccine event for my team?
Walmart will assist employers in vaccinating teams of all sizes with an in-store vaccine event or, for larger teams, an on-site clinic. Please visit the Employer Resources page for more information.

Page last updated on September 28, 2021