Walmart in Falmouth will begin administering Moderna COVID-19 vaccine this Friday, February 12, 2021 according to someone familiar with the program today.
The store received 200 doses of the vaccination this morning in anticipation of the doses to be administered later this week. It is anticipated that number of vaccines will remain consistent and possibly increase as more vaccine becomes available. Walmart is complying with CDC guidelines, only those over 70 years old and health care workers are eligible to receive the vaccine at this time.
Personnel at the Falmouth store have been overwhelmed with people calling to try to make an appointment or better yet to see if walk-ins are accepted. Several sources said that walk-ins are not accepted and that anyone wanting to get immunized needs to make an appointment via on-line only. As of noon today, appointments had been booked through Monday, February 15th. Two hundred appointments have been confirmed until next week.
The expectation is that the Walmart pharmacy will vaccinate thirty (30) people a day. Some part-time people trained to give shots have been hired at some Walmart stores to assist in the heavy demand for the vaccine. Go to Walmart.com/COVIDvaccine to make an appointment. You can use your phone or desktop computer according to written instructions available at the store. As of this writing, the site is down due to technical issues – presumably the overwhelming need for Mainers to “get a shot in the arm.”
This immunization at Walmart is part of a program introduced last week in which pharmacies will begin receiving vaccine directly from the Federal program known as Operation Warp Speed. It’s a new program introduced to expedite the process of getting “shots into the arms” of the most vulnerable citizens of Maine – health care workers as well as those over 70 years old.