Talk of CDC, Dollar General Teaming Up on Vaccine Rollout

HDR image, Dollar General discount retailer store entrance - Revere, Massachusetts USA - November 23, 2017.
QualityHD /

Dollar General (NYSE: DG), which operates over 17,000 stores in 46 states, according to its website, is in talks with the Centers for Disease Control to distribute the coronavirus vaccines. Dollar General’s footprint skews toward low-income and rural neighborhoods. This is a big step for the CDC’s objective of expanding access to places where people do not have easy access to healthcare facilities, or even to a Walmart (NYSE: WMT).

See: Who Is Getting Vaccines? Survey Notes Income Disparity in Vaccine Recipients
Find: Biden Moves Up Vaccine Timeline, Announces Major Corporate Partners in ‘Wartime Effort’

Although Dollar General stores do not have pharmacies, they do have refrigeration. The CDC would provide the staff to administer the shots on site.

Dollar General has been a vaccine supporter. In February, it announced that its employees would receive four hours of pay if they received the vaccine. In most states, its workers are considered to be front-line employees, so they have priority for appointments.

Make Your Money Work Better for You

See: Hospitals Help Wealthy Donors ‘Skip the Line’ for Vaccines
Find: How Biden’s Plan to End Coronavirus Is Impacting the Economy (So Far)

The vaccine rollout has occurred in fits and starts, with even people in populous areas scrambling to make an appointment. For people who live in remote areas or who do not have easy access to transportation, the challenge is even greater. Despite some of the initial speculation early on in the pandemic, COVID-19 is not an illness limited to people in urban areas or who live in nursing homes.

People who live in remote areas or who do not have easy access to transportation have less ability to receive good healthcare if they do get sick, which makes the prevention especially important.

Share this article:

Make Your Money Work Better for You

About the Author

Ann Logue is a writer specializing in business and finance. Her most recent book is The Complete Idiot’s Guide: Options Trading (Alpha 2016). She lives in Chicago.
Learn More

Best Bank Accounts for September 2022

Untitled design (1)
Close popup The GBR Closer icon

Sending you timely financial stories that you can bank on.

Sign up for our daily newsletter for the latest financial news and trending topics.

Please enter an email.
Please enter a valid email address.
There was an unknown error. Please try again later.

For our full Privacy Policy, click here.