The network of pharmacies administering the COVID-19 vaccine is officially expanding in Minnesota, with the addition of two more pharmacies to the list.
On Saturday, the office of Gov. Tim Walz announced that CVS Health and Goodrich Pharmacy locations will now be participating in the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program that launched last month.
The participating CVS locations are three in-store pharmacies at Target stores in Duluth, Rochester and Eden Prairie, which will receive 3,510 vaccine doses this week, a news release says. These locations will "begin administering doses this weekend."
Meanwhile, Goodrich pharmacies will receive 1,170 vaccine doses this week, with appointments for eligible Minnesotans beginning this weekend.
Goodrich has four locations — Andover, Anoka, Elk River and St. Francis. According to the state's new Vaccine Locator map, all the locations are participating.
The other three federal pharmacy partners in Minnesota are Walmart, Thrifty White and Hy-Vee.
Saturday's announcement comes a couple days after Target said that vaccines would be given at 600-plus CVS pharmacies in Target stores nationwide.
It also comes on the heels of President Joe Biden's call to states to make the vaccine available to all American adults, regardless of age, work or health status, by May 1. In response, Gov. Walz announced that "Minnesota is ready," and that the state's health system is standing by.
The ramp-up in dose availability is thanks to the acceleration of vaccine supplies, which is in part aided by the recent addition of the Johnson & Johnson one-shot vaccine to the country's approved COVID-19 vaccines.