David Greedy / Getty ImagesA woman is given a shot on Aug. 11, 2009, in Iowa City, Iowa. (David Greedy / Getty Images)
Federal health officials have reached an agreement with pharmacies across the U.S. to distribute free COVID-19 vaccines after they are approved and become available to the public.
The goal is to make getting a COVID-19 vaccine like getting a flu shot.
Thursday’s agreement with major chain drug stores, grocery market pharmacies and other chains covers about 3 in 5 pharmacies in all 50 states and U.S. territories such as Puerto Rico.
“The vast majority of Americans live within five miles of a pharmacy,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said, calling the agreement “a critical step toward making sure all Americans have access to safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines when they are available.”
The list of pharmacies joining the distribution partnership include retail chains