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COVID-19 vaccine coming to Pick ‘n Save, Metro Market stores

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Nearly 4,000 doses of the coronavirus vaccine will be distributed to Pick ‘n Save and Metro Market locations in Wisconsin this week, the state Department of Health Services announced Tuesday.

Those stores are joining Walgreens as participants under a federal program to get the vaccine into underserved areas. The federal government is providing 2,340 doses this week and the state is contributing 1,552 doses. Anyone currently eligible for the vaccine can schedule an appointment through Kroger’s website or by calling 866-211-5320.

Kroger, which operates 67 stores in Wisconsin under the Pick ‘n Save and Metro Market names, will allocate vaccine to their stores that are not already receiving vaccine from the state, the health department said.

Wisconsin had administered at least one dose to 16.7% of its population as of Monday, ranking it 19th nationwide, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The national average is 15.3%.

Nearly 929,000 people in Wisconsin had received at least one dose and more than 805,000 people, or 8.7% of the population, had received two doses. Starting next week, about 47,000 doses of the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine was due to arrive in the state.

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