PORTLAND, Maine — Walmart is taking appointments for covid-19 vaccines at its stores across Maine, providing more than 4,000 additional shots a week in the state.
The vaccine will be administered at 24 Walmart stores and two Sam's Club locations starting on Friday, officials said. Maine is one of 22 states taking part in the program.
The Walmart program is not overseen by the state. Instead, it's part of a federal retail pharmacy program coordinated with the Biden administration.
Maine would initially receive about 4,300 to 4,800 doses per week at the Walmart and Sam's Club pharmacies, state officials said. Hannaford and Shaw's grocery store pharmacies are expected to join the program later.
In other news related to the pandemic in Maine:
The latest average positivity rate in Maine is 3.07%. State health departments are calculating positivity rate differently across the country, but for Maine the AP calculates the rate by dividing new cases by test specimens using data from The COVID Tracking Project.
The seven-day rolling average of the positivity rate in Maine did not increase over the past two weeks, going from 4.73% on Jan. 26 to 3.07% on Feb. 9.
The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention has reported more than 41,000 cases of the virus and more than 600 deaths since the start of the pandemic.