JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) -- State leaders announced Tuesday that some Walmarts in Mississippi will start giving coronavirus vaccinations late next week.
State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs said the final list of locations has not been finalized and there won't be many doses available for those Walmarts -- more than 6,000 in the first week to be split among approximately 30 stores with pharmacies.
Still, he expects those vaccinations to begin February 12.
Sending vaccines to Walmarts is part of a White House program to get vaccines to pharmacies across the country in hopes of getting shots to more people, especially in minority populations.
Gov. Tate Reeves expressed concern about the federal government's plan, saying "there aren’t a lot of Walmarts in Issaquena County, and there aren’t a lot of Walmarts in very rural areas."
Mississippi has not had great success with national chains administering the vaccine.
Many nursing homes across the state signed up for its residents to get the vaccine through a federal program with Walgreens and CVS, but those vaccinations did not happen as rapidly as hoped.
The retailers blamed the slow rollout on staffing issues in Mississippi.