Smith’s Pharmacies in Utah to provide first doses of COVID-19 vaccine to seniors on Feb 11

Smith’s Food & Drug, a division of The Kroger Co., announces that it has obtained a limited supply of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine and will begin administering inoculations to senior citizens 70 years and older at selected Smith’s Pharmacies starting on February 11, 2021. 

Initially the vaccinations will only be available to senior citizens 70 years and older, as part of Utah’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution timeline.  Smith’s is following the CDC’s phased distribution schedule for administering the COVID-19 vaccine and will strictly follow guidelines from the state/local health department on their vaccine distribution plan.

Those seniors desiring the vaccine will need to make an online appointment with their local Smith’s pharmacy starting February 10 at . Vaccine doses will be provided at no cost to patients.

Individuals interested in receiving the vaccine can expect their appointment to be as fast and simple as getting an annual flu shot—reserve an appointment online, receive your vaccination from a licensed healthcare professional and wait 15-30 minutes after receiving the vaccine to ensure the absence of any side effects,” said Jaime Montuoro, Smith’s Pharmacy Director.

With 53 pharmacies throughout Utah, Smith’s presence in local communities provides the unique ability to efficiently administer the vaccine. It is anticipated that Smith’s will expand the vaccine distribution to the general public as government directives make the vaccine available to additional groups.

More recently, Smith’s became the nation’s first retailer to offer rapid antibody tests to customers in all Smith’s pharmacies for just $25. Rapid antibody testing helps inform patients if they previously have been infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, and results are typically ready in around 15 minutes.

At Smith’s Food & Drug, a company of The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR), we are Fresh for Everyone and dedicated to our Purpose: To Feed the Human Spirit®. In everything we do, we’re guided by our values and our Purpose: to Feed the Human Spirit. We strive to make decisions that balance the safety of our associates with our commitments to our customers and communities. And above all else, we’ll be there for our communities when they need us most.