Meijer announced an ambitious goal today. They are hoping to administer 25,000 Covid-19 vaccinations this week. Michigan's largest grocery chain, through its pharmacies, has been working towards this goal by setting up "clinics" the past few weeks in stores, and have been administering approximately 1,200 shots per day since the middle of January, but this is a major increase, to get the state's population closer to the government's goal of at least 70% of the population getting the vaccine. Currently, the vaccines are being administered to Michiganders 65 years and older who have pre-registered through the company's vaccine registration process.
Meijer says this week's aggressive vaccine schedule is possible because of a concerted effort between several counties and cities in Michigan, along with doses received from the State of Michigan and the Centers for Disease Control.
"We are very proud of the role our stores and pharmacies continue to play in this massive effort to vaccinate people against COVID-19. As a pharmacy partner to both the State of Michigan and the federal government, we have been able to receive vaccines and quickly administer doses to thousands of people in our communities, usually within 72 hours." - Meijer President & CEO Rick Keyes
The Meijer vaccine clinics are not open to walk-ups. You have to be registered through the Meijer's online system in order to be scheduled for a vaccine. To register, patients can text COVID to 75049, go online at clinic.meijer.com or simply visit their local Meijer pharmacy and ask to register. Meijer says it would like anyone interested in receiving the vaccine to register, as the retailer intends to eventually offer the vaccine to all Michiganders eligible will be using CDC guidelines, in the coming weeks and months.
Meijer is not releasing the location of the clinics as those registered customers will be contacted directly with an appointment time and location once an appointment window becomes available for them.