KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
February 12, 2021
By Natalie Cook Clark
Starting today, several Katy-area Walmart and Sam’s Club pharmacies will begin administering COVID-19 vaccines to eligible customers with appointments. The retail giant has partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and select states to get the vaccine out to people who need it most.
Partnering with the CDC
Walmart and Sam’s Club are partnering with the CDC and 22 states, including Texas, to support the COVID-19 vaccination efforts. Beginning February 12, 2021, eligible customers with appointments can get the vaccine at over 30 Houston-area Walmart and Sam’s Club locations and six Katy-area stores.
“Ninety percent of the country lives within ten miles of a Walmart,” says Dr. Cheryl Pegus, Executive Vice President, Health & Wellness. “We’re committed to helping people live better – and healthier lives – in Texas, and we take that role very seriously.”
“We want to help the country re-open, but we can only achieve that through widespread COVID-19 vaccination,” says Dr. Pegus. “We’re proud to work together with the federal government, states, communities, customers, and associates to expand access to the vaccine and reach that goal.”
Participating Katy-Area Locations:
22850 Morton Ranch Road
6060 N. Fry Road
1313 N. Fry Road
20424 Katy Freeway
20903 Highland Knolls Drive
25108 Market Place Drive
Appointments are Required
Who is Eligible?
Only people who meet the below conditions outlined by the current vaccine rollout phase may get vaccinated at this time.
Phase 1A - Front-line healthcare workers and residents at long-term care facilities.
Phase 1B - People 65+ or 16+ with healthcare conditions that increase the risk of severe COVID-19 illness.
Chronic kidney disease
Chronic Obstruction Pulmonary Disease
Heart conditions such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
Sickle cell disease
Type 2 diabetes
People who are unsure if they qualify for the vaccine should talk to their medical provider.
Appointments are required at all locations and offered seven days a week. Times may vary based on local availability of the vaccine.
A Sam’s Club membership is not required to sign up for an appointment. However, participants are asked to create a profile so a digital reminder can be sent to them when it is time to return for the second vaccine.
The CDC and the state of Texas considered multiple factors to identify vaccine need, such as population density, customer demographics, infection rates, and availability of local healthcare resources.
For updates as Walmart and Sam’s Club work to support the vaccine rollout, visit their corporate website.
Some Local Walgreens and CVS Pharmacies Getting Vaccines
A limited vaccine allotment is expected to arrive at both CVS and Walgreens pharmacies as early as this week. Follow their respective websites for updates and appointments (when available) at CVS Pharmacy and Walgreens Pharmacy.
Winter Weather Could Cause Delays
Winter weather over the next several days could cause delays in the arrival of the vaccines. Please remember that appointments are required and residents should monitor their notifications for any delays, cancelations, or rescheduled appointments.
Over 470,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 since the global pandemic began over a year ago.