Today, Walmart is proud to release our One-Year Vaccine report that outlines our all-hands-on-deck approach to fighting the pandemic and keeping our communities safe and healthy. Over the past year, our approach has focused on meeting people where they are and proving that all health care is local.
With 90% of the population located within 10 miles of a Walmart, and 150 million customers passing through our doors each week, Walmart is in a unique position to provide quality, affordable health and wellness services to all Americans where they already live and shop. So, when the COVID-19 pandemic called for us to rise to a new challenge, we were already in our local communities, had relationships with thousands of customers and were able to be a trusted voice in the community and meet our customers and patients where they live and work throughout the pandemic.
Over the past year, Walmart has administered tens of millions of vaccines across the country, with 80% being delivered in medically underserved communities as classified by the HRSA.
Our first patient vaccination was administered on December 21, 2020, and within eight weeks, more than 1,000 Walmart and Sam’s Club pharmacies began administering COVID-19 vaccines in 22 states through the U.S. Federal Retail Pharmacy Program. Our efforts have since grown to encompass 51 states and territories and more than 5,100 retail locations in the U.S., making access as easy as possible for those who want to get vaccinated.