Auburn, Ala. (EETV) - The Alabama Department of Public Health announced Tuesday that Alabama Walmart and Sam's Club locations will be providing the COVID-19 vaccine to eligible Alabamians beginning February 12. This comes as more than 1,000 Walmart and Sam's Club locations across 22 states are set to receive allocated vaccines through the U.S. Federal Retail Pharmacy Program.
Vaccine stocks and eligibility will vary by location as vaccine-administering clinics must adhere to state and local guidelines.
In the announcement, it was acknowledged that vaccine numbers would be limited at first, but quantities are expected to increase each week. Eligible recipients must schedule an appointment with Walmart or Sam's Club clinics to receive the vaccine. Sam's Club memberships are not required to receive a vaccination.
As Alabama remains in Phase 1c of the COVID-19 Vaccination Allocation plan, eligibility to receive the vaccination can be checked here.
In the Auburn-Opelika area, the following Walmarts and Sam's Clubs are receiving allocated vaccines:
Sam’s Club – 335 Bent Creek Rd., Auburn
Walmart – 2047 E. University Dr., Auburn
Walmart – 1717 S. College St., Auburn
Walmart – 1810 Shug Jordan Pkwy., Auburn
Walmart – 2900 Pepperell Pkwy., Opelika
In addition, the CDC has updated its COVID-19 vaccination guidelines to establish that, "fully vaccinated persons who meet [the] criteria will no longer be required to quarantine following an exposure to someone with COVID-19." The CDC also said that those fully vaccinated persons must have had two full weeks pass after their second dose to skip a quarantine.
This does not mean, however, that fully vaccinated persons should not be taking precautions to avoid exposure to COVID-19. The CDC made it clear that everyone should continue to remain cautious to avoid exposure, no matter their status of vaccination.