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This Grocery Store Chain Has Already Given Over 1 Million COVID-19 Vaccines

And it's only operating at 15% capacity.

Albertsons has already dolled out more than 1 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine since December. The news comes only four months after the Department of Health and Human Services announced a partnership with the grocery store chain to help with vaccination efforts.

Albertsons is currently administering vaccines in 14 states and Washington, D.C. The chain has the ability to vaccinate up to 150,000 individuals a day, but it's currently operating at 15% capacity. More than 1,700 pharmacies are part of the Albertsons portfolio, including other big-name brands like Jewel-Osco, Safeway, Tom Thumb, and Vons. (Related: The One Vitamin Doctors Are Urging Everyone to Take Right Now)

"Our pharmacy teams across the country are working diligently in serving our communities during this national effort," said Omer Gajial, SVP of Pharmacy and Health at Albertsons Cos. "We are deeply grateful to our federal partners and local jurisdictions in delivering this important milestone."

Albertsons recently backtracked on its decision to stop requiring Texas customers to wear facemasks after Gov. Greg Abbott repealed his statewide mandate. In order to protect its employees who "have not had full access to the vaccine," the chain said it would continue to follow recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and require workers, vendors, and customers to wear a mask indoors.

Other supermarket chains are taking a different approach. Both H-E-B and Central Market are encouraging customers in Texas to wear facemasks, though they're no longer required.

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Amanda McDonald
Amanda has a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a bachelor's degree in digital journalism from Loyola University Chicago. Read more about Amanda