Smith’s, Kroger to offer COVID-19 vaccine in Utah once it’s available

Dec 15, 2020, 5:05 PM
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A phial of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at the Royal Victoria Hospital, in Belfast, Tuesday Dec. 8, 2020. The United Kingdom, one of the countries hardest hit by the coronavirus, is beginning its vaccination campaign, a key step toward eventually ending the pandemic. (Liam McBurney/Pool via AP)
(Liam McBurney/Pool via AP)

SALT LAKE CITY– Smith’s Food and Drug stores in Utah (Smith’s) are in line to administer the COVID-19 vaccine once it becomes widely available. Kroger, Smith’s parent company, announced Tuesday it will partner with state health departments and the federal government to provide the vaccine to residents in Utah and across the nation. 

“Our team of healthcare professionals are actively preparing for the authorization of the COVID-19 vaccine,” said Aubriana Martindale, Smith’s Corporate Affairs Manager. 

In a statement, Kroger said it would carry the U.S. Food and Drug Administration-authorized vaccine, and that the company will follow the federal roll-out plan. However, it’s unclear when Smith’s will have the vaccine in stock.  Martindale told KSL NewsRadio that Smith’s hopes to have the vaccine, “as soon as possible.” 

Martindale said Kroger will only administer an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine. Once available, the vaccine will be accessible at all Smith’s locations across the state. 

Currently, only the Pfizer-BioTech COVID-19 vaccine has been authorized by the FDA for emergency use. While the FDA reported the Moderna shot being 94.1% effective, it still hasn’t authorized the vaccine. 

Smith’s uniquely qualified to provide COVID-19 vaccine

Kroger says it’s uniquely qualified to administer the vaccine because of its widespread presence in communities throughout the U.S.

“At Smith’s, we are committed to helping people live healthier lives. We have been diligent in doing our part in the community to stop the spread of the virus, including partnering with city and county health departments to provide free drive-through COVID-19 testing,” said Martindale. 

In Utah, Smith’s partnered with the Governor’s Office and the Utah Department of Health to organize a one-day drive-thru COVID-19 testing site at the Maverik Center. 

Additionally, Smith’s offers a $25 rapid antibody test at all Utah Smith’s locations with pharmacies. Antibody results are usually available within 15-minutes. 

Related: Five health care workers are the first to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Utah


How To Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus

COVID-19 coronavirus spreads person to person, similar to the common cold and the flu. So, to prevent it from spreading:

  • Wash hands frequently and thoroughly, with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds.
  • Don’t touch your face.
  • Wear a mask to protect yourself and others per CDC recommendations.
  • Keep children and those with compromised immune systems away from someone who is coughing or sneezing (in this instance, at least six feet).
  • If there is an outbreak near you, practice social distancing (stay at home, instead of going to the movies, sports events, or other activities).
  • Get a flu shot.

Local resources

KSL Coronavirus Q&A 

Utah’s Coronavirus Information 

Utah State Board of Education

Utah Hospital Association

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Utah Coronavirus Information Line – 1-800-456-7707

National Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Commonly asked questions, World Health Organization

Cases in the United States

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Smith’s, Kroger to offer COVID-19 vaccine in Utah once it’s available