March 12, 2021 — The CDC is exploring a partnership with the retail chain Dollar General to deliver the coronavirus vaccine to rural sections of the nation.
“In rural areas, residents often don’t have access to big-box stores,” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, MD, said this week at the Health Action Alliance’s virtual National Business Summit, according to USA Today. “We’re exploring a promising collaboration with Dollar General stores, which have locations that include refrigeration capacity within 10 or 15 miles of our rural communities in all but four states.”
Dollar General confirmed the discussions in a statement on its website, but it was unclear if vaccinations would be given at Dollar General stores. USA Today noted that Dollar General stores do not have pharmacies, which is where vaccinations are given at chains such as Kroger or Publix.
“Dollar General continues to have constructive conversations with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on ways the company can support the nation’s COVID-19 testing and vaccine efforts, particularly in the communities we serve,” a statement on the company website said.
“With an expansive and unique real estate footprint, within approximately 5 miles of approximately 75% of the U.S. population, we believe that we are well-positioned to assist in these efforts. Specific details regarding these efforts will be provided once finalized. We remain ready to…