2 major pharmacies join vaccine battle in Ohio, begin signing people up now

Kroger and Rite Aid connected to Federal Retail Pharmacy Program.
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Updated: Feb. 12, 2021 at 2:57 PM EST
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - This week, the federal government announced the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program (FRPP) will send the COVID-19 vaccine directly to pharmacies around the country.

In Ohio, the vaccine, shipped in quantities of 100, will be sent to dozens of Kroger and Rite Aid pharmacies for a total of 35,800 first-shot doses.

Both pharmacies will only be giving shots to those who fit in Ohio’s Phase 1B, which covers anyone over the age of 65 and those with qualified severe congenital health issues.

“There is currently a very limited amount of vaccine available and we continue to follow the state’s phased approach,” according to a spokesperson from Kroger. “Currently, Ohio is in Phase 1B and Kroger pharmacies will only be providing vaccines to the current phase/included populations, seniors ages 65 and older and individuals with a severe congenital, developmental, or early onset disorder.”

To try and schedule an appointment with Kroger, go to the scheduling website here, or call its vaccine helpline at 866-211-5320.

Rite Aid will be signing people up through a website which can be found here.

“The launch of FRPP provides an initial allocation of limited additional doses for administration at our stores in five states and two jurisdictions (California, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and New York City),” Rite Aid said in a statement.

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